I will admit, I tried a little bit of one of these (shhh don't tell my doctor!) and they are pretty spot-on. I got the recipe from Rina who got it from these lot of people but yes, I have modified it, because the cocoa we have here is probably more bitter than the US and I also modified some of the process... don't kill me OK?
Hubby is a very happy man given I can't eat them... but what he doesn't know yet is I have stashed some in the freezer for when this chemical free diet is over. I will say now based on his long 'mm.mm..Mmm's' playful teasing - he won't be getting ANY of that stash. Fair don't you think?
Have a lovely Sunday all! See you tomorrow with an UBER giveaway! xx
2 cups caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa (I used Cadbury Bourneville)
100g chocolate, melted (I used Lindt cooking chocolate)
60g shortening (I used supafry solidified vegetable oil), at room temperature
75g butter, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
Cream butter, sugar together well until it has become pale and fluffy. Add vanilla, then eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add flour, salt, cocoa and mix for about 2 minutes, lastly add melted chocolate and mix until well combined.
Place in a plastic bag and in the fridge for about 1/2 hour until it firms up a little.
Preheat oven to 190 degrees c
Roll out onto a piece of baking paper and place another piece on top and roll it to a 3mm thickness.
Cut out with your cutter. I did a combination of scalloped and round...
Place on lined or greased baking tray and bake for about 8-10 minutes. You want them to go slightly darker at the edges.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the tray and then transfer to cooling rack.
To make the filling combine the shortening and butter and add vanilla, whip until fluffy
Add icing sugar and mix for about 2-3 minutes.
Spread about a teaspoon in the centre of a cookie and then squish down with a 'partner cookie' around the same size.
These should freeze well, this mix made 60 sandwich cookies for me, although some were a little thin, I estimate about 50-55 for you guys.
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