Friday, August 23, 2013

Vanilla Chocolate Swirl Cookies

The Week of Cookies continues, today with an eye-catching cookie that's so impressive looking but only requires minimum effort!

I just finished reading The Great Gatsby, and although I detailed how to host the greatest Gatsby party here, I think these monochrome treats would look fab in a 20's themed party!

I sliced these cookies up using unflavoured dental floss, major trick of the trade! It's quick, pain-free as there's no chance of chopping a finger off, plus you get uniform slices. Just put the dough on top of the floss, drag the two ends of the floss to meet at the top of the log, overlap them and pull! Et voila!

Confession: When I made these cookies I found the chocolate part to be overly bitter, so perhaps using your personal favourite chocolate biscuit recipe would be advisable... I've included this one from Mary Berry's Baking Bible below nonetheless.

You will need:
For the Vanilla Biscuit-
2oz Butter (softened)
1oz Caster Sugar
1oz Cornflour
2oz Plain Flour
1 Small Egg
A few drops Vanilla Extract

For the Chocolate Biscuit-
2oz Butter (softened)
1oz Caster Sugar
1oz Cornflour
2oz Plain Flour
1 Small Egg
1/2oz Cocoa Powder

  1. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.
  2. Mix ingredients for vanilla biscuits in a stand mixture to form a soft dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Repeat step 2 with ingredients for chocolate biscuits.
  4. Flour your worktop and roll out both pieces of dough to oblongs about 10x7inches.
  5. Place vanilla dough on top of chocolate dough and roll together to form a kind of sausage shape.
  6. Wrap in clingfilm and chill again for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180degrees Celcius. 
  8. Using a sharp knife, or tooth floss, cut the roll into about 20 slices and place on baking trays.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes until the vanilla is lightly golden.
  10. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  11. As my chocolate section was quite bitter I melted some white chocolate in a double boiler and drizzled (well smothered!) over the top, bellissimo!
  12. Enjoy!

Let me know what you think of these pretty pinwheels in the comment section below! :)

Stay sweet! x

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