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Chilli Christmas Shortbread Biscuits – We Should Cocoa #39

5 Star, Biscuits, Gifts, We Should Cocoa | 22nd November 2013 | By

Christmas Biscuits

A number of factors combined recently leading to the creation of these hot! hot! hot! biscuits, which I can only describe as a chilli lovers delight. This month’s We Should Cocoa theme is “cookies”. I’d already bookmarked a recipe in Miranda Gore Browne’s book Biscuit for Passionate Chocolate Hearts, which is basically white chocolate shortbread with a passionfruit filling. I omitted that filling as I was going to create one using our last remaining persimmon, but in the end realised I had some leftover orange & white chocolate buttercream from my mother in law’s birthday cake, sitting in the fridge and in need of using up. I had also been sent some Christmas cutters to try out, courtesy of Eddingtons, a supplier of all things kitchen. The cutters were all stainless steel and consisted of one set of three snowflake cutters and a set of three angel cutters in various sizes. The Angel cutters came as a kit with red ribbon and a pin to make the all important holes for threading the ribbon.

Snowflake Cutters

Lastly, the jewel in the crown: half a bar of Dartmoor Dragon. This is a powerful white chocolate bar containing Naga chilli from the Dartmoor Chilli Farm. Too hot to eat on its own, at least for CT and I, it makes an excellent addition to baked goods; I found this out when I used it in the pastry for the persimmon tarts I made a couple of weeks ago. It packs a powerful punch, even when diluted by flour, butter and sugar.

This is how I made:

Chilli Christmas Biscuits

Shortbread Snowflakes
  • Softened 50g of white hot chilli chocolate by putting it in the mixing bowl and placing it on the storage heater for ten minutes.
  • Added 170g of unsalted butter cubed and left to soften.
  • Creamed the butter and chocolate with 85g golden caster sugar until pale in colour and fluffy in texture.
  • Added 175g plain flour (half wholemeal, half white), 80g brown rice flour and a pinch of rock salt.
  • Stirred until incorporated, then formed into a ball and left in my cold kitchen to firm up for half an hour.
  • Rolled out to about 3mm thickness and stamped out shapes using my new Christmas cutters. I made 12 largish snowflakes and 18 slightly smaller angels.
  • Left to firm up in my cold kitchen for 15 minutes.
  • Baked for 10 mins at 180°C.
  • Made a whole in the top of each snowflake by pushing in the metal pin provided with the angel cutters, but a skewer would probably do as well. 
  • Dusted all of the snowflakes with golden caster sugar and half of the angels, then transferred to a wire rack to cool and harden.
  • Sandwiched the angels with orange buttercream, using the plain ones as a bottom and the sugared ones as a top. 
Angel Biscuits

As I think I may have mentioned, there was no mistaking the chilli kick in these biscuits. But in addition to that, they were truly delicious. Shortbread is probably our favourite type of biscuit and these didn’t disappoint. They were crisp on the outside and slightly chewy in the middle with a nice rich buttery flavour. The angels sandwiched with buttercream, were slightly less hot and had the additional orange flavour for the full Christmas effect. I’ve never made hanging biscuits before and surprised myself with how effective they looked. Will they last until Christmas? No comment.

Thanks to Eddingtons for sending me the cooking cutters. Their products are widely available online and in cook shops and department stores.

We Should Cocoa is being hosted this month by Rebecca of BakeNQuilt who has chosen cookies (or biscuits). So if you haven’t done so already, you still have three days left to get your entries in for any type of biscuit that includes some sort of chocolate.

These chilli shortbreads also fit very nicely with the festive theme of this month’s The Biscuit Barrel with Laura of I’d Much Rather Bake Than …, so a few of those are winging their way in that direction.

As the base recipe I used for this was bookmarked from Miranda Gore Brown’s book Biscuit, I am submitting this to Bookmarked Recipes with Jac of Tinned Tomatoes.

Using local produce where possible is something I have always tried to do and usually manage to include local eggs, flour or milk in my bakes. This time in addition to Cotehele flour, I have used some chocolate bought from the Dartmoor Chilli Farm at a farmer’s market in Plymouth. So, I am entering Shop Local over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

Brit Mums are doing a round-up of all things Christmassy for December, so I am sending these Christmas Snowflakes off to that too.

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    Dan
    22nd November 2013

    I like the snowflake cutter set. It’s great for making Christmas biscuits.

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    Elizabeth
    22nd November 2013

    I am a massive fan of chilli and these hot cookies sound fantastic! Thank you for sharing with #ShopLocal 🙂

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      Choclette
      23rd November 2013

      Thanks Elizabeth. These were definitely on the hot side, so a good way of making decorative biscuits which the kids will leave well alone 😉

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    Foodycat
    22nd November 2013

    Well, this looks like a very good use for my snowflake cutters!

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    Rebecca - Bakenquilt.com
    22nd November 2013

    Beautiful cookies. I’d like to be around when some unsuspecting soul tries to pinch an ornament off your tree and is surprised by the heat!

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      Choclette
      23rd November 2013

      Yes Rebecca, I may have a cruel streak lurking in there somewhere 😉

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    Laura Denman
    22nd November 2013

    These look beautiful. I’ve never made hanging biscuits either but this year I’m trying to persuade my mum to give all sorts of things a go for Christmas so we will wait and see! I’m ever so glad you shared them with the Biscuit Barrel challenge!

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      Choclette
      23rd November 2013

      Thanks Laura. Do give them a go, they look rather splendid. I’m going to try and make some more nearer the time for my mother’s tree.

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    belleau kitchen
    22nd November 2013

    LOVE the frosting of sugar on these and the added chilli, very naughty… but I particularly love the angel sandwiches (and the orange cream!)

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      Choclette
      23rd November 2013

      Thank you lovely Dom. I must say I am very pleased with these. Both snowflakes and angels are delicious and I’m pleased to say my biscuit tin still feels heavy.

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    24th November 2013

    You could not have chosen a biscuit more suited to my tastes than these. I love good white chocolate and know the south Devon chilli farm well so this is certainly a recipe I will be baking over Christmas and I will make your chocolate mincemeat, taking it to one of my classes to see what the students think!

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      Choclette
      26th November 2013

      I think we probably have quite similar tastes Laura. It will be interesting to see what your students think of the mincemeat – I’m certainly a convert 😉

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    Nazneen Hamilton
    24th November 2013

    What pretty snowflake cutters! So adorable. Love the flavouring of these biscuits too, chocolate chilli, yum!

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      Choclette
      26th November 2013

      Thank you Nazneen, I suspect these cutters are going to be used rather next month 🙂

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      Choclette
      26th November 2013

      Thanks Pamela. If you do make these, would love to hear how you got on.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    28th November 2013

    They are so pretty Choclette, who could resist?

    Thanks for entering them into Bookmarked recipes, the roundup is now up.

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