Author: MrsMe Serves: 8-12 whirls, Time: 1h total
For the biscuits:
- 200g slightly salted butter, softened
- 50g icing sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 200g plain flour
- 2 teaspoon cornflour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 50g seedless raspberry jam or strawberry jam
For the (optional extra) filling:
- 100g butter, softened
- 170g icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.
- Put the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk for about 5 mins until pale and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla extract and beat again until fully incorporated.
- Sift in the flour, cornflour and baking powder, and fold into the mixture using a spatula until combined (the dough should have a tacky consistency).
- Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a large star-shaped nozzle. If all the mixture doesn’t fit, do it in 2 batches.
- Pipe swirly circles 5cm diameter onto 2 baking sheets making sure there are 3cm spaces between each swirl.
- Bake for 10-12 mins, swapping the trays over halfway through the cooking time so the biscuits are evenly baked, until pale golden and cooked through.
- Leave to cool on the baking sheets for a few mins, then transfer to cooling racks.
- When cool to the touch they are ready to be filled:
Spread jam on the flat side of a biscuit and top with another.
version with buttercream:
While the biscuits cool, make the filling.
Put the softened butter in a large mixing bowl and add the icing sugar.
Stir together initially with a wooden spoon then switch to electric beaters or a whisk to get the buttercream fluffy and smooth.
Add the vanilla extract and beat once more to combine.
Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and snip off the end.
Turn the biscuits over so their flat side is facing up then pipe buttercream over half of the biscuits and spread a little jam on the rest.
Sandwich a jam covered biscuit together with a buttercream one and repeat until all the biscuits are used up.
Dust with icing sugar.
you can pipe these as fingers and dip them in chocolate!
I find baking therapeutic & I love to bake to give. These are delicious & very rich so you may find filling them with just Jam (like the picture) is enough.