Chocolate Celebration Cake!

 

Chocolate Celebration CakeThis weekend I celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in my life. It’s not a typical British thing to do, but for my friend Shanni (who comes from across the pond) it’s a calendar must!

And what a fantastic evening it turned out to be. Shanni & her partner cooked literally the biggest turkey I have ever seen in my whole life and everyone else each brought something to add to the table. From mouth watering dauphinoise potatoes to sensational vegetarian bakes, literally everything I tried induced a combination of yummy noises, smiles & a happy tummy!

And what was my contribution? Pudding! I was under orders to make something chocolatey. But I didn’t want to make just any old chocolate cake, oh no. I wanted it to fit the theme! So using a recipe that I have made hundreds of times, I simply changed up the decoration & piping technique to turn a simple chocolate cake into a Thanksgiving showstopper. It’s amazing what gold shimmer spray can do! You should totally give this a try. I promise, it’s nowhere near as difficult as it looks.

Here is what you will need to make a 3  layer 20cm diameter cake.

For the Sponge

  • 160g Unsalted Butter, Room Temp
  • 560g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 400g Plain Flour
  • 100g Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 480ml Whole Milk, Room Temp
  • 4 Eggs, Room Temp
  • 2 tsp Chocolate Extract (Optional)

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 540g Icing Sugar
  • 100g Cocoa Powder
  • 300g Unsalted Butter, Room Temp
  • 1 tsp Chocolate Extract (Optional)
  • Splash of Milk

For the Sugar Decorations (To be Made 24 hrs in Advance)

Essential Equipment

  • 3 x 20cm Round Loose Bottomed Cake Tins

I cannot stress enough how important it is to have all your ingredients at the same temperature before starting to mix. It really helps them to blend together & dramatically improves the texture of the final cake. So if you have the time – take all those chilled items out the fridge and leave on the side for an hour or two before starting. 

Ok! Lightly grease the 3 baking tins & line the bottoms with baking paper.

Preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C.

In either a stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric hand whisk, beat together the butter, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder & salt until it forms a light sandy mixture.

Chocolate Celebration CakeBeat the milk, eggs & chocolate extract together in a jug using a fork. Then with the speed on low, gradually add two thirds of the liquid into the dry ingredients. Increase the speed to medium and mix until it’s smooth, thick & shiny.

Chocolate Celebration CakeWith the speed on low again, add the remaining third of the liquid – then increase to medium and mix until smooth and shiny.

Chocolate Celebration CakeDivide the mixture evenly between the 3 prepared tins and bake in the lower section of the oven for 30-40 mins. To check if they’re cooked – insert a skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s cooked. If it has cake batter on it – it needs a little longer.

When cooked, allow to cool in the tins for about 30 minutes. Then take out the tins, peel off the baking paper & transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

Chocolate Celebration CakeOnto the buttercream.

Either in a stand mixer or a large glass bowl using an electric hand whisk, beat together the icing sugar, cocoa powder & butter until sandy in consistency.

Chocolate Celebration CakeWith the speed on low, add in the chocolate extract & small amounts of milk (a little at a time) to loosen the mixture. Remember, you can always add more in but you can’t take it out!

Once you see it turning darker in colour and smoother in texture – increase the speed to medium/high and beat until light and smooth. Leave to one side, or, if you want – you can make this up to a week in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Simply allow to come to room temperature & give it a good mix before using.

Chocolate Celebration CakeOnto the decoration.

There are several ways to tackle this. Either you can buy pre-coloured fondant icing OR you can buy plain white icing and colour it yourself using gel food colours. DO NOT use liquid food colouring as it will make the fondant way to soft to work with. Also remember to add a little colour at a time – again, you can always add more in but you can’t take it out.

Either way, all you need to do is roll out each colour (one at a time) on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar and cut out an assortment of leaf shapes & sizes.

Want to make them curvy shaped like mine? You don’t need to go out and buy loads of fancy, expensive moulds! All you need is a couple of sheets of cardboard, a rolling pin & some blu-tack.

Chocolate Celebration CakeOnce you’ve cut out your shapes, simply lay them however you like on your make shift moulds and allow to dry at room temperature for a minimum of 24 hours to ensure they keep their shape.

And that’s it!

Now for assembly.

If your cakes haven’t baked perfectly even (like mine never do!) carefully slice of the tops off to make each layer flat and the same size.

On a cake board or large serving plate, centrally place the bottom layer. I use this one cut side up to make sure you get a flat foundation.

Load a piping bag with a large round nozzle and fill with some buttercream frosting. Start by piping blobs around the edge.

Chocolate Celebration CakeContinue by piping a spiral within the ‘blobbed’ edge – from the outside in. (Thanks to John Whaite for this Tip!)

Chocolate Celebration CakePop the next layer on top, cut side down – see how pretty it looks? No one will ever know it doesn’t look the same in the middle as they’re only going to shovel it in their mouth anyway! Repeat the piping process on this layer.

Chocolate Celebration CakeThen add on your final layer. (Again, cut side down.) This time, we’re going to pipe blobs all over. So, starting from the outside and working your way to the middle, start blobbing!

Chocolate Celebration CakeNow all that remains is to lay on your leaf decorations however you like and spray all over with some gold shimmer spray. If your board looks a bit empty like mine did, simply pipe a border of blobs around the bottom of the cake.

Chocolate Celebration CakeI told you it wasn’t as difficult as it looked! I love this cake recipe as it’s pretty much just a case of chuck it all in, mix it, bake it, done. No faffing around for ages – just pile it all in! You could very easily adapt the decorations to suit any occasion too. For example, get some green, white & red fondant – cut out Christmas shapes (trees, presents, snowmen etc) & make exactly the same as above, maybe with some silver shimmer spray to add that extra ‘wow’.

All that remains for me to say is a huge thank you to Shanni & David for hosting such an enjoyable Thanksgiving feast for us all. And to all you lovely lot in the USA – Happy Thanksgiving for Thursday!

Hope you all enjoyed the post, until next time.

Miss KitchenMason

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies (Resize to fit)-3With all the beautiful colours of Autumn surrounding us at the moment, I wanted a bake that would reflect that for this week’s post. These beautifully eye catching stained glass biscuits do just that! And not only are they delightfully delicious,  they are also stunning to look at too, don’t you agree?

So without further ado, here is what you will need to make approx 24 cookies.

  • 125g Unsalted Butter, Room Temp
  • 100g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 Beaten Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 1 Bag Boiled Sweets (assorted colours)

Essential Equipment

  • 6cm Round Cookie Cutter
  • Any Leaf Shaped Cutter (approx 4cm)

This week, I have also created another step by step video tutorial for you to enjoy.

And here is the usual step by step guide:

To make the dough, cream together the butter & sugar in either a stand mixer or a large glass bowl using an electric hand whisk. Mix until light & fluffy.

Add in the egg & vanilla extract and mix until smooth & light.

In thirds, sift in the flour. Mix with a wooden spoon until it comes together to form a crumbly dough.

Flatten into a disc, wrap in cling film & refrigerate for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, sort the boiled sweets into colours then blitz each colour individually in a food processor until almost powder. (Small ‘crystals’ are fine.) Set to one side until needed.

Remove the dough from the fridge & roll out to approx 3-4mm thick in-between 2 sheets of baking paper. Using the 6cm round cutter, cut out discs and place them onto a baking tray. Refrigerate for a further 20 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 190°C/Fan 180°C.

Place 12 of the dough discs evenly apart on a lined baking tray. Then, using a leaf shaped cutter of your choosing, cut out the centre of each disc. (Don’t throw these away, either roll them up and reuse the dough or bake them as they are – they’re so cute!)

Carefully fill the centres with the powdered sweets. Use whatever colours you like but try not to get any on the actual dough itself. (Don’t throw any leftovers away! See end of post for why.)

Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Keep a close eye on them. The biscuit should be just browning on the edges & the centres should have melted and will likely be bubbling.

Allow to cool on the tray for about 5 minutes until the centres have gone hard. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat the process for the remaining discs.

Store in a metal tin. (Metal tin’s ensure they keep their crunch whereas a plastic tub will make them go soft.)

Stained Glass CookiesAnd there you have it! Aren’t they just beautiful? I think they look so effective and you could easily adapt them (using different cutters) to suit any occasion or season. For example, why not swap the leaves for Christmas trees & snowflakes? Then add a hole in the top, thread through a pretty ribbon and BOOM! Gorgeous Christmas tree decorations! Another great thing is that you will likely have quite a bit of powdered boiled sweets left over. Simply transfer these to food bags & store in an airtight container ready for you to use on your next stained glass creation.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post my lovelies, until next week.

Miss KitchenMason.

Mango & White Chocolate Cheesecake!

Mango & White Chocolate CheesecakeMy folks came round for Sunday dinner and I wanted to make a refreshing & light dessert to finish. This stunning cheesecake was just the ticket! It’s beautifully light & the perfect end to, what is usually, quite a heavy meal.

So! Here is what you will need to make about 8 fairly generous portions.

(Recipe adapted from Here.)

  • 150g Digestive Biscuits
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 425g Tin Mango Slices
  • Zest & Juice of 1 Lime
  • 300g White Chocolate
  • 280g Philadelphia Original *
  • 150ml Double Cream

Essential Equipment

  • 22cm (8 1/2″) Springform Pan
  • Food Processor

* Do NOT substitute the full fat original cheese for a lighter version or it will not set.

Lightly grease and line the base of your tin, set to one side until needed.

Roughly break the biscuits into a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low/medium heat.

Pour the butter into the biscuit crumbs and mix well, then press firmly into the base of the prepared tin. Place into the fridge whilst we make the filling.

Mango & White Chocolate Cheesecake

Mango & White Chocolate CheesecakeDrain the mangoes and place the slices into a food processor along with the zest & juice of the lime.

Blitz until you get a nice smooth purée.

Mango & White Chocolate CheesecakeGently melt the chocolate either in the microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.

In another bowl, lightly whip the double cream until soft peaks form.

Now to bring it all together!

In a large bowl, whisk the Philadelphia cream cheese until soft & smooth.

Mango & White Chocolate CheesecakeCarefully beat in the melted white chocolate and the whipped cream until it’s all blended together.

Mango & White Chocolate CheesecakePour in half the mango purée and stir together. Then pour the mixture over the biscuit base.

Mango & White Chocolate CheesecakeDot the remaining mango purée on the surface and, using a skewer, swirl it around to create a hap-hazard pattern.

Mango & White Chocolate Cheesecake

Mango & White Chocolate CheesecakePlace in the fridge to set for a minimum of 3 hours, preferably overnight before removing from the tin & serving.

Mango & White Chocolate Cheesecake

Mango & White Chocolate CheesecakeThis was a HUGE hit with both me and the parents! Logic says that with all that white chocolate, it’s going to be really sweet but the mango & lime purée cuts through it beautifully. It’s so refreshing and gorgeously light, definitely a recipe I will be making again in the future! Also helps that it’s a really easy, make ahead recipe. So perfect for dinner parties too.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post my lovelies, until next time!

Miss KitchenMason

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Cinder Toffee

Chocolate Cinder ToffeeSo Halloween is over. Up next? Bonfire Night!

I know what you’re thinking… you want a super quick, super easy, naturally vegetarian AND gluten free recipe right? Give this chocolate cinder toffee a go and I promise, you won’t regret it! Alternatively referred to as hokey pokey or honeycomb, it’s like making your very own, home made Crunchie bars. Awesome right?

In other news this week, I’ve also tried something a little different for you lovely lot. It’s the first ever KitchenMason step by step video! I hope you like it.

Alternatively, here’s the usual guide you’ve come to know and love.

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 150 – 200g Milk Chocolate*

* for Gluten Free, check the wrapper as some are/some aren’t.

Line a 25cm square tin with baking paper and grease lightly with oil. Or, like me, just use a silicone tin as it won’t stick.

In a large pan, add the honey, golden syrup and sugar. Mix it all together now as it’s not wise to do so when over the heat.

Chocolate Cinder ToffeePlace the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil.

Bring the mixture to 145°C (it will take approx 2-3 minutes from boiling point – if you don’t have a thermometer, watch the video to see what it should look like.)

Now for the magic. Immediately turn off the heat, chuck in the bicarbonate of soda and give it a good whisk until you can’t see any more bicarb.

Quickly pour it into your prepared tin and leave to cool & set for 30 minutes.

When it’s hard, cut into large chunks.

Chocolate Cinder ToffeeEither in a microwave or a glass bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, gradually melt the chocolate until smooth.

Place a sheet of greaseproof paper onto a baking sheet. Then dip each piece of cinder toffee into the chocolate, and allow to set on the sheet.

Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Cinder ToffeeSee, I told you it was quick and easy!

It’s gorgeous stuff, I absolutely love it. Like glistening gold dust smothered in a smooth, silky chocolate coat… drool. Yeah, they ain’t gonna last long that’s for sure!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post, until next time my lovelies.

Miss KitchenMason

 

 

Nutella Cheesecake!

Nutella CheesecakeOk, this recipe is an absolute no brainer. It’s SO freakin’ tasty, ridiculously easy to make and a perfect, make ahead, dinner party recipe. There are literally no bad words to be said about this sensationally simple & delicious dessert. So! Here is what you will need to make 8 generous portions. (Or 4 if you are seriously greedy & pregnant like me hahaha!)

(Adapted from Rasa Malaysia a fabulous blog with loads of great recipes!)

  • 285g Digestive Biscuits
  • 60g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 x 400g Jar of Nutella
  • 90g Chopped Hazelnuts
  • 450g Philadelphia Cheese (Original) Room Temp
  • 65g Icing Sugar

Essential Equipment

  • 22cm (8 1/2″) Springform Pan
  • Food Processor

Note – Do NOT use a low fat or cheap version of the cream cheese. Only Philadelphia Original full fat will set properly. Trust me, I’ve tried!

First and foremost, lightly grease and line the base of the springform pan.

Then gently melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.

In a food processor, add the digestive biscuits, the melted butter & 1 tbsp of Nutella. Blitz until it forms a fine, sandy texture.

Nutella CheesecakeAdd in 25g of the chopped hazelnuts & blitz again until it just starts to clump together.

Nutella CheesecakePress the biscuit into the base of the lined tin. Press firmly & smooth out with the back of a metal spoon then place into the fridge whilst we get on with the filling.

Nutella CheesecakeEither in a large bowl with an electric hand whisk or a freestanding mixer with the beater attachment – beat the cream cheese & icing sugar until smooth.

Nutella CheesecakeThen add in the remainder of the the Nutella and mix until you can’t see any more white & it’s nice and smooth.

Nutella CheesecakePour the filling on top of the biscuit base and smooth out as best as you can with a spatula.

Nutella CheesecakeSprinkle over the remaining chopped hazelnuts then pop into the fridge to set for a minimum of 4 hours. Overnight is better if you can though.

Nutella CheesecakeAnd that is pretty much it, I told you it was easy!

Nutella CheesecakeIt really is the perfect dinner party dessert. It only takes about 15 minutes to make then the rest of the hard work is down to the fridge. Allowing you to spend more valuable time with your guests, who by the way – will be BEGGING you for the recipe! I mean seriously, who doesn’t like Nutella??

I hope you enjoyed the post lovelies – until next time!

Miss KitchenMason

Salted Caramel Choux Buns

Salted Caramel Choux BunsOh yeeeeah! This one got me really excited! I’ve always loved salted caramel but for some, incredibly bizarre reason, I have never actually made anything salted caramel in my life. I know, it’s like a crime against baking!

As soon as I realised, I decided to act immediately and make the most salted caramel thing I could think of. These sensational salted caramel choux buns! Now if you’ve never made choux pastry before, don’t be alarmed. It really isn’t as difficult as everyone says it is. It’s actually very easy once you know the basics. So just follow my step by step guide and I promise you good results.

Right, here is what you will need to make 14 of the most incredible pastries in the whole world – EVER:

The Salted Caramel

  • 75g Unsalted Butter
  • 50g Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 50g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 100g Golden Syrup
  • 125ml Double Cream
  • approx 2 tsp Sea Salt

For The Choux Pastry

  • 220ml Water
  • 80g Unsalted Butter
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Generous Pinch of Sugar
  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 220g Beaten Egg (approx 4 Eggs) Room Temp *

For the Filling

  • 750ml Double Cream
  • 1 Portion of Salted Caramel (Ingredients above)

The Caramel Icing

  • 60g Unsalted Butter
  • 110g Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 120g Icing Sugar

The Chocolate Drizzle (Optional)

  • 75g Dark Chocolate
  • 1-2 tbsp Milk

*I do recommend that you weigh the beaten egg rather than just using 4 whole eggs. Obviously eggs come in various sizes but weight is absolute and will guarantee a good outcome.

Ok, yes there’s a lot of components and it’s a bit of a labour of love. I can assure you though, it is 100% worth it!

Let’s get started.

* Place a large glass bowl into the fridge to chill ready for the choux pastry later *

To make the salted caramel,  place the butter, both sugars and golden syrup in a small saucepan over a medium heat and melt together. Bring it to the boil and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. (Swirl once or twice if you need to.)

Salted Caramel Choux BunsTurn down the heat, add in the cream and give it a good stir. Now, half a tsp at a time – add the salt, stirring well and tasting in-between each addition. (WARNING – be very careful not to burn yourself as it will still be hot!)

When it’s right for you, decant into a bowl, cover with cling film and pop into the fridge to chill until needed later.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsOnto the choux pastry.

Lightly grease two large baking sheets (or line with silicone baking mats) and preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 190°C.

In a medium sized saucepan, add the water, butter, salt & sugar. Heat until the butter has melted and it just comes to the boil.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsWith the pan still over the heat, dump in the flour and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until it comes together to form one lump of dough.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsRemove from the heat and tip the dough into that bowl you chilled in the fridge earlier. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsNow you need the elbow grease!

A little at a time, add the beaten egg to the dough and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon in-between each addition.

At first it will split and seem like it is never going to come together – but it will, trust me. Just keep going.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsYou are after what they call a ‘dropping consistency.’ This basically means that when you lift up a large amount of the dough, it should drop back to the bowl within 5 seconds.

It will look a little something like this…

Salted Caramel Choux BunsPour the pastry into a large piping bag fitted with a large round nozzle.

Evenly spaced out, pipe 14 ‘blobs’ about 5cm in diameter. Try and keep them all the same shape and size if you can but don’t worry too much. I actually find the sporadic irregularity of choux pastry quite charming.

 (or line with silicone baking mats) Gently dampen the tops with a little cold water. (If there are any ‘spikes’ of pastry, carefully pat them down a little.)

Pop them straight into the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Take them out of the oven. Using either a skewer or a sharp knife, poke an air hole into each one then place straight back into the oven for a further 10 minutes. This will help to dry out the inside and prevent them from collapsing.

When they are crispy & golden – remove from the oven and place onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsMeanwhile, let’s make the filling.

You could use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment but I like to do this by hand as you can very easily over whisk cream and it will begin to churn into butter. Not what you want!

So, ideally using a large bowl and whisk – whip the cream until soft peaks form.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsRemove the salted caramel you made earlier from the fridge and add to the cream in thirds. Carefully fold in using a spatula until it’s all smooth & blended together.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsI used a Piping Tube nozzle which made life a lot easier but if you don’t have one, just use your judgement and pick one you do have. So, prepare your piping bag with your chosen nozzle and add in the filling.

If you need to, expand those air holes you made earlier. Then insert the nozzle and squeeze in the filling. Be careful not to over do it though or they may burst.

When they’re all filled, leave to one side whilst we make the caramel icing.

In a small saucepan, melt together the butter, sugar & milk. Bring it to the boil then simmer for 2 minutes.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsRemove from the heat and add in the icing sugar. Beat until smooth.

Salted Caramel Choux BunsIf it starts to set before you’ve covered all your buns – just pop it back over the heat again to melt a little and stir well.

Spoon the warm icing over each bun then allow to set at room temperature. (This should happen relatively quickly.)

Salted Caramel Choux BunsNow if you want to make them look really tempting, make this quick chocolate drizzle.

Simply break the dark chocolate into a large bowl and add in the milk. Then either in the microwave or over a pan of barely simmering water – gently melt until shiny and smooth.

Pour into a piping bag and snip the end. Pipe zig zags over each bun, stand back, and marvel at your beautiful creations…

Salted Caramel Choux BunsI mean seriously… look at them…

Salted Caramel Choux BunsOk, you’ve waited long enough. Now…. FILL YOUR FACE!! Hahahaha! They’re good right?? I told you they were worth it.

These are honestly one of the nicest things I have ever baked in my kitchen and salted caramel is, hands down, one of my all time favourite flavours.

I really hope you enjoyed the post, so much so – you give it a go yourself!

Until next time lovelies.

Miss KitchenMason

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies!

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesOn a lazy Sunday, it’s very common for me to get the urge to bake. It almost always ends up being something sweet, and definitely needs to be quick & easy to create. These little beauties are no exception! Whenever I’m searching for a simple, ‘chuck it all in’ recipe, I usually need to look no further than the Hummingbird Bakery book. It always answers my baking prayers. So! Here is what you will need to make about 20-25 cookies. (Recipe adapted to what I had in my cupboards at the time.)

  • 60g Dark Chocolate
  • 110g Unsalted Butter, Room Temp
  • 40g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Peppermint Essence
  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 30g Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

For the Filling

  • 80g White Chocolate
  • 3-4 tbsp Double Cream
  • 1 tsp Peppermint Essence
  • Green Food Colouring Gel (Optional)

Either in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water or in a microwave – gently melt the dark chocolate, mix until smooth and leave to one side to cool.

In a stand mixer (or in a large bowl using an electric hand whisk) cream together the butter, the golden caster sugar & brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesThen add in the egg yolk, vanilla extract & peppermint essence. Mix well until it’s all nice and smooth.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesPour in the cooled, melted chocolate and mix until it’s all blended in.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesLastly, sift in the flour, cocoa powder & salt. Mix it all together one last time until a smooth cookie dough forms and you can’t see any more flour.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesWrap the dough up in a piece of cling film, flatten into a disc and chill in the fridge for about 40 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 170°C/Fan 160°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper/silicone baking mat.

When the dough has chilled, roll tablespoon sized amounts into little balls.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesPlace as many as will fit on the baking tray and pop the rest in the fridge for the meantime. (They won’t spread a lot but allow a little room in-between just in case.)

Using your thumb (surprise surprise) press a reasonably deep dent into the middle of each cookie.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies-6Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for approx 15 mins or until they are slightly firm and just starting to crack a little on the edges.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies-6Allow to sit on the tray for a minute or two then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat the process for the remaining cookie balls.

Whilst they are cooling, make the filling.

Chop the white chocolate as finely as you can and place into a bowl. (This will help it to melt quickly.)

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies-6Either in the microwave or in a small saucepan over a low heat, bring the cream just up to boiling point then pour straight over the white chocolate.

Don’t mix it, just allow to stand for a minute until the chocolate has melted.

Then give it a good stir until smooth and shiny.

At this point, add in the peppermint essence and, if you like – a little green food colouring gel.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies-6Pour the filling into a piping bag and pipe blobs into the middle of each cookie. Place into the fridge for approx half an hour to let the filling set and there you have it! Mint chocolate thumbprint cookies.

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesProvided you don’t scoff them all straight away (which is a very high risk!) store the cookies at room temperature in a metal tin lined with baking/greaseproof paper.

I love my biscuits. But me being British, I guess you wouldn’t expect anything less! Whether it’s a rich tea, a choc chip cookie or a thumbprint cookie, there’s nothing better than a good cuppa and a biccy. FACT!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post my lovelies, until next time.

Miss KitchenMason