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Sunday 25 January 2009

Vanilla currant cookies

Just tried a new recipe out of a book I was given for Christmas("Baking" by Lakeland). The cookies are yummy (despite my misreading the recipe!) and so thought I'd share this with you.

Vanilla Currant Cookies

(sorry it's only in metric!)

125 g butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
165g caster sugar (put granulated sugar in a good processor to make finer)
1 egg
300g self-raising flour
40g dessicated coconut (which I misread as ground almonds - yes I know....)
40g currants

Vanilla Icing (actually next time I might miss this out as the cookies are good enough on their own. And I had quite a bit of icing left over so would halve the quantities maybe)

240g icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 (one and a half) teaspoons butter softened
1 tablespoon milk, approximately

1. Preheat oven to moderately hot (200C/180C fan assisted). Grease baking trays.
2. Beat butter, extract, sugar, and egg in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Transfer mixture to large bowl, stir in sifted flour, coconut (or ground almonds!) and currants.
3. Shape rounded teaspoons of mixture into balls; place onto trays about 5cm (2 inches) apart. Flatten with hand until about 5mm (1/4 inch) thick.
4. Bake about 10 minutes or until LIGHTLY browned. Cool on trays.
5. Spread cookies thinly with vanilla icing, place on wire racks to set.

Vanilla icing

Sift icing sugar into medium heatproof bowl, stir in extract and butter, then enough milk to make a thick paste. Stir over hot water until spreadable.

Notes: the recipe actually produces small biscuits. So use more mixture in ball if you want bigger cookies.

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