Chocolate Lovelies

I really struggled to come up with a name for these & even put the question out on Twitter for help! In the end Chocolate Lovelies seemed appropriate seeing as everyone who tried them while I was testing them said “mmm lovely!” Enjoy them while they last...come to think of it you might want to keep them to yourself!


Makes 12 Approx 25p each


Prep time 15-20 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes



Ingredients

185g unsalted butter, softened

80g icing sugar

150g plain flour

35g cornflour

30g cocoa powder



Pre-heat oven to 170C/150Fan/Gas3 & line two baking trays with baking paper.

Beat the butter & icing sugar together until creamy.

Sift in the flours & cocoa powder & stir in.

Roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls & place on the prepared trays a few cms apart. Press them down gently with your fingers.

Bake for 15 minutes & allow to cool on the trays.

For the buttercream filling:

80g unsalted butter, softened

160g icing sugar, sifted

2 tsp cocoa powder

Mix the cocoa powder with enough hot water to make it smooth but not runny-allow to cool.

Beat the butter & icing sugar together until creamy then add the cocoa until you get a thick but not stiff icing.

Using a teaspoon, place a blob of icing in the centre of a biscuit then take another biscuit & sandwich them together-push gently so that the icing squidges to the edge. If you have a piping bag & want to show off a bit then go for it!

The “Lovelies will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

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