Last weekend, I made these lovely matryoshka biscuits to bring them to friends at tea time. They made a strong impression, both visually and gustatorily speaking ! Therefore, I’m happy to share the recipe with you.
I must admit that the charm of these biscuits comes mainly from their adorable russian doll shape… This great cookie cutter was 3D printed by my french friends who started their own business : Le Maître Cube ! Allow me to make them some publicity because their work is very original and should delight pastry or home decor lovers. I find their concept cookie cutters amazing to make great biscuits that will make a strong impression, especially for a theme party (who wouldn’t want to watch the new season of Game of Thrones while enjoying Daenerys biscuits ?!). You can even ask for a personalized cookie cutter for a special occasion. In short, I wanted you to discover this brand because I‘m really pleased with my cute matryoshka biscuits. Enough talking, on to the recipe now !
To make these matryoshka biscuits, you will need :
For approximately 30 biscuits
– 350g of flour
– 200g of butter
– 180g of powdered sugar
– 1 egg
– liquid vanilla extract
– 1/2 packet of baking powder
For the icing
– 1 egg white
– the juice of 1/2 lemon
– 300g of icing sugar
– food colouring
1. Mix 350g of flour with 1/2 packet of baking powder (between 5 and 10g).
2. In a different bowl, mix 200g of diced soften butter with 180g of powdered sugar.
3. Then, add one egg and one to two tsp of vanilla extract. Stir and gradually add the flour and the baking powder until you obtain a supple dough.
4. Wrap the dough into plastic film and put it in the fridge for half an hour.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the icing ! Beat one egg white with the juice of 1/2 lemon until frothy.
6. Gradually add 300g of icing sugar while stirring. If the icing seems to thick, add one or several tsp of water. If it seems too liquid, add more icing sugar.
7. Pour the icing into different bowls, according to the colours you’d like to use. Add more or less food colouring to obtain a different intensity. Here I used red, blue and uncolored icing (white) because that is all I had available that day.
8. The dough is now ready ! Preheat the oven at 180°C. Take the dough out of the fridge and spread it on a floured countertop before cutting your shapes. Repeat the operation with what’s left of the dough until you make enough biscuits.
9. I advise you to put your biscuits in the fridge for ten minutes before baking them, so that they keep a nice shape. This step is not necessary if you are making biscuits with a regular shape (star, heart, square…), but with such a detailed cookie-cutter, it’s strongly advised.
10. Put the biscuits on baking paper and bake at 180°C during 5 to 10 minutes. Monitor the cooking carefully and remove the biscuits when they become slightly brown on the edges. Let them cool off.
11. When your biscuits are cool, you can start decorating ! I used toothpicks to apply the icing because I don’t have an icing bag precise enough for these kinds of details. It takes a bit longer but it’s really easy !
12. Applied in small quantities like I did, the icing will dry very fast, in about 10 minutes. If you are filling a bigger surface, wait half an hour until you apply an other colour on top.
13. Your cookies are ready, enjoy !