Cherry-Centered Dairy-Free Delight Cookies

  • Ingredients for the Dairy-Free Cookies:
  • 200g unsalted dairy-free butter (cold, cubed)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 300g plain baking flour
  • A splash of ice-cold water (only if necessary)
  • Cherry Jam Filling:
  • 50g black cherry spread (either homemade or commercial)
  • Black Vanilla Icing:
  • 200g confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla flavoring
  • Black food dye
  • Dairy-free milk, adjusted for consistency
  • Creating the Cookies:
  • Combine the cold butter and sugar in a bowl. Whisk until you achieve a smooth, pale consistency.
  • Gradually introduce the flour, blending until a solid dough forms. If the mixture is too rigid, moisten it with a touch of ice-cold water. This mixture can be kneaded either by hand or with a kitchen machine.
  • Encase the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate to set for around 40-60 minutes.
  • As the dough sets, begin heating your oven to 180°C. Also, prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  • After refrigeration, roll the dough on a floured surface until it’s roughly 1.5 cm thick. Using a cookie cutter, shape the cookies and arrange them on your prepared sheet. For half the batch, craft spaces for eyes and a nose.
  • Position the cookies in the oven’s center and bake for about 10-12 minutes. For even browning, consider rotating the tray midway.
  • Once baked to perfection, let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheet. Later, transfer them to a cooling rack.
  • Icing & Decoration:
  • In a bowl, blend the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and dairy-free milk. Aim for a paste-like consistency, similar to toothpaste.
  • For cookies with faces, dip their tops into the icing. Let any excess drip off, then let them dry.
  • To a portion of the icing, add black food dye. Fill this colored icing into a piping bag. Use this to draw the mouth and other facial features.
  • Filling & Assembly:
  • Gently smear or pipe the cherry jam onto cookies without icing faces.
  • Pair each jammed cookie with an iced one, pressing gently to make a sandwich. Be cautious with the jam to prevent it from seeping out.
  • Enjoy your delightful cherry-centered treats!

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