Brave Empire Cookies
So you all know the movie Brave right? Well I should hope so, possibly the greatest Scottish Disney characters ever made....next to Jock of course (the absolutely precious scottie dog from Lady and the Tramp to the few of you have forgotten). The three little brothers Harris, Hubert, and Hamish (confession, I had to look that up) spend a vast majority of their presence in the film attempting to get the empire cookies from the nursemaid Maudie. Well, I made them! I thought it may be cute to take it to work! They were precious!!
Aren't they sweet!? So let me tell you how to make them. it can be kinda difficult just because it takes so much time! I ended up making about 15 cookies for portion reference!
1 1/2 cups of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of water
12 1/2 cups of plain flour (Crazy right!?)
If I'm honest I didn't make the jam (I know shameful). I just used an ordinary raspberry preserve.
There is about one teaspoon in each biscuit.
3 2/3 cups of icing sugar
Water to reach desired consistency
Glacé Cherries (I couldn't find any, So I made them.)
Maraschino Cherries 16 oz
3/4 cups of sugar
1. Beat the butter until soft, if its already softened this shouldn't take too long you kinda just want it fluffy. mix in the icing sugar, salt, vanilla and water and beat until pale and fluffy. Slowly add the flour. DO NOT ADD IT ALL AT ONCE IT MAKES A MESS! Add the rest of the cookie ingredients and mix unit it looks like some good cookie dough. Wrap your lovely dough in the cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F) (Yay for math). Line a baking tray with baking
parchment paper. Roll out the dough (you don't need to work the dough all at once I worked in batches, only taking some out of the fridge at a time) and cut with a cookie cutter that makes you happy. Pop into the fridge for about 5 more minutes, then bake the cookies until just golden at the edges (this took me 5 minutes so watch them super closely).
3. Wait for the cookies to cook so that they can look their best. They will look so spiffy! Now, it’s time to construct your masterpiece. Put the preserves on one cookie, smooth it out, and then place another cookie on top (Try to always have the prettiest side face up).
OPTIONAL STEP 3 1/4 - 3.9 Making the cherries:
3 1/4. Add 1/4 of a cup of the cherry juice and the sugar to a saucepan on the stove and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
3 1/2. Add the cherries and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat and allow them to simmer for 50-60 minutes, until the cherries are slightly shriveled and firm to the touch (but don't touch them, they are hot....Safety first).
3.9. Allow the cherries to cool, and once they are completely cooled they are ready.
4. Make the icing: mix the icing sugar with enough cold water to reach your desired thickness. I aimed for the Goldilocks not too thick and not too thin, but spreadable icing. Spread on top of the biscuits. Cut a Glacé Cherry in half and place one half on the very top of your beautiful cookie! WAHLAH!! We have done it! I am so proud of you!