Peach Cookies with Chocolate

    Peach Cookies with Chocolate

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    About this recipe: These cookies are so adorable, they are shaped just like miniature peaches. Round cookies are hollowed out and stuffed with a chocolate-apricot filling.

    Makes: 4 dozen cookies

    • 170g unsalted butter
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 475g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 125ml milk
    • 4 tablespoons plain chocolate chips
    • 215g apricot jam
    • 30g ground pecans
    • 2 teaspoons rum
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 drops red food colouring
    • 4 drops yellow food colouring

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 200g sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
    3. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Roll dough into 2.5cm balls and place balls 2.5cm apart onto an ungreased baking trays.
    4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies start to brown on the bottom. Remove from baking trays and cool on wire racks.
    5. When cookies are completely cool, carve a hole into the flat side of each cookie using a small knife. Save the crumbs.
    6. In a heatproof bowl, melt chocolate chips in a microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth. In a medium bowl, stir together the melted chocolate, apricot jam, ground pecans, rum and reserved crumbs until well blended.
    7. Fill the carved out centres of the cookies with the chocolate mixture and stick two cookies together with the filling sides in to form a peach shape.
    8. Divide the remaining sugar into two bowls. One bowl should contain 50g and 150g in the other. Colour the small bowl with the red colouring by working it in with your fingers. colour the other bowl with the yellow colouring and add a pinch of the red sugar to it to make a peachy colour.
    9. Brush each cookie with water and roll them first in the yellow sugar, then dip a part of them into the red sugar to give them a blush. Insert plastic green stems into the top for a realistic effect.

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