Halloween has been and gone, next in the social calendar? Bonfire Night! These eye catching Firework Cookies will make your spectacular celebrations go off with a bang! They really look the part, are easy to make & taste beautiful. What more could you possibly want from a cookie?!
Here is what you will need to make 18-20.
For the Cookies
For the Royal Icing *
*Or you can buy some ready made icing tubes from the supermarket to make it super easy!
To make the cookies, either in an electric stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric hand whisk, cream together the butter, sugar & vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
Then add the egg and beat again until it’s all combined.
Next, tip in the flour & cocoa powder and beat with a wooden spoon until it clumps together to form a dough.
Then tip out onto a work surface and knead gently to bring together into a ball. Divide it into two, then roll each one between 2 large sheets of baking paper to 6mm/1/4″ thick.
Pop into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. This is important as if you don’t chill the dough, when you cut out the cookies they won’t hold their shape well.
Once the dough is chilled, remove from the fridge and cut as many 7cm circles out as you can. Re-roll the leftover dough to the same thickness & cut more cookies until all the dough is used up.
Chill the cookies for 15 minutes whilst you preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C.
Then line a large baking sheet with baking paper or a silicone mat. Fill with cookie discs, leaving room between each one for possible spreading, then bake for 10-12 mins.
Allow them to cool for a minute or two on the tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat for any remaining cookies.
In an electric stand mixer or a large bowl with electric hand whisks, beat together the egg whites, icing sugar & lemon juice on high speed for about 5 minutes until stiff peaks form.
Adding no more than a drop or two at a time, very gradually add cold water and mix between each addition until it’s thinned to soft peaks.
Then divide the mixture between 3 bowls and colour however you like. I chose to keep 1 x white and colour the other two purple & pink.
It’s important to keep your icing covered until you are ready to use it or it will begin to set and become unusable.
Load 3 disposable piping bags with the 3 coloured icings and snip a small hole from the tip.
Pipe on lines to make ‘fireworks’ with a few little dots at the ends for added effect. I find it easiest to put the cookie you are decorating on a non slip surface as you will need both hands on the piping bag.
Finally add a few small blobs of icing to each biscuit and top them with stars.
Top Tip! Work on one biscuit at a time as royal icing sets quite quickly.
Repeat until all your Firework Cookies are decorated.
You can leave your cookies as they are or you can put them on a jazzy straw/lollipop stick by piping a blob of royal icing on the back and pressing them in. If you are using straws like me – flatten the end to make it easier to stick.
Leave to set for an hour or so until completely hard. Then store your cookies at room temperature in an airtight container. (I prefer metal as cookies keep their crunch better.)
How cool do they look?! I’m so pleased with how these turned out & was so excited to share the recipe with you all so you can have a go for yourself! These chocolate cookies are wonderfully rich and would make the perfect naughty treat for your Bonfire Night celebrations. I personally would much rather have one of these in my hands than a sparkler!
I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.
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(Inspiration from Melissa Joy)