Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted – I’m so sorry! Exams have been a dread and I didn’t have time to post my recipes here.
Donkies! My friend, Johannes, helped me think of this name, and I honestly think the name is even better than the shortbread cookies themselves 😛
These donkies were super easy to make, and I hope you like them 🙂
- 70g icing sugar, sieved
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 small egg yolk
- 125g butter, cut into small cubes
- 190g plain flour, sieved
- 500g milk chocolate
- 2 circle butters: 1 bigger and the other about 2-3cm smaller in diameter than the first
- Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and line your baking sheet with non-stick baking paper
- Whisk the butter until smooth
- Add in the icing sugar, vanilla extract and egg yolk into a mixing bowl, and whisk until smooth
- Add the flour and mix into a firm dough. Do not worry if the mix looks crumby. When you start kneading it, it will stick together.
- Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in clingfilm. Chill for 20-30 mins.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Personally, I use icing sugar to flour the surface so that it will taste sweeter!
- Use the bigger circle cookie cutter to cut out those circles. Then, use the smaller circle cutter to cut out a hole in the middle.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on how big your cookies are. I normally take them out when they’ve slightly browned on the edges
- In the meantime, melt the milk chocolate over simmering water
- When the cookies are cooled, pipe the melted chocolate on the top such that it looks “like a donut” (how else do I explain this?!) and add your sprinkles immediately after before the chocolate cools and hardens. These will be your top half of the donkie. Make sure that you only pipe half of your cookies in this way.
- Turn the rest of the cookies upside down so that the flat side is facing up. Pipe a ring of chocolate on the flat side. These will be your bottom half of the donkie. Make sure that you don’t pipe too much chocolate because you don’t want the chocolate to ooze out onto the sides.
- When you’re ready, put them together and get eating!