Chocolate amaretto sandwich biscuits with fresh cherries

Chocolate amaretto sandwich biscuits with fresh cherries
Chocolate amaretto sandwich biscuits with fresh cherries Photo: Jennifer Soo

There are lighter alternatives to rich Christmas puddings, still festive but fresher, with a delicate touch. Try the following recipes sprinkled with silver cachous or gold leaf for an opulent accent.

Ingredients

250g plain flour

120g caster sugar

Pinch of salt

200g butter, chopped

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Title:For the filling

3 tsp amaretto (or other liqueur)

25g soft butter

90g icing sugar

Title:For serving

250g dark chocolate, melted

Gold leaf, optional

Fresh cherries, to serve

Method

Preheat oven to 160C. Combine flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add butter and process until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Add yolk and vanilla and process until mixture forms a ball. Roll dough between two sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick, then cover and rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm. Using a 7cm star-shaped cutter, cut out 24 shapes. Place biscuits on baking paper-lined oven trays and bake for 10-12 mins or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

For the filling

Beat amaretto, butter and icing sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Sandwich biscuits together with teaspoonfuls of filling.

To serve

Half-dip biscuits into melted chocolate and rest on a wire rack. With tweezers, decorate with a little gold leaf, then rest until set.

Serve two biscuits with cherries on the side.

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