I saw these great cookie cutters on Sew White and knew I'd be using them for one of my brothers. I Tweeted the lady herself earlier and she still has a few packs left! We're not a big fan of iced biscuits in our family so I knew that wasn't the way to go. I've also always wanted to make custard creams so I thought these would work great.
The recipe comes from BBC Good Food and says it makes 20 biscuits (10 pairs), this was about right. I doubled it although I would say you probably only need half the amount of filling unless you want the filling extra thick.
- 100g butter
- 100g flour
- 50g caster sugar
- 50g custard powder
- few drops of vanilla essence
- 150g icing sugar
- 75g butter
- Cream sugar and butter, then fold in flour, custard powder and vanilla essence until a roll-able dough is formed. Alternatively combine all ingredients in a food processor, and then by hand form the dough.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
Flour a surface and roll out dough to roughly 1/2 cm thickness. Then cut
out shapes, ensuring there is a duplicate of each shape you cut.
Place shapes on a baking tray covered in baking parchment (or greased
and floured), ensuring that one of each pair is put on upside down (i.e.
flipped over, rather than rotated). Place in oven for 10 minutes, or
until golden brown. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
Blend the icing sugar and margarine, and then use to fill the custard
creams once they are cool. Place a bit on the bottom (i.e. non-smooth
side) of the first biscuit, then push the bottom of the first biscuit's
pair onto this. Don't force together as otherwise the filling will just
explode out the sides! Leave to set in a container or eat there and
I was a bit worried that the patter in the cutters wouldn't come out but they kept their shape and pattern really well which was great. Darth Vader made a great custard cream, Yoda, not so much (which is probably the only time that sentence has every been said.) But he was small so they'd be great for little hands.
Overall the cookies came out great, tasted better than a regular custard cream and my brother loved them. Win!