Vanilla Cookie with White Chocolate

Vanilla Cookie with White Chocolate

 

White chocolate is one of the culinary delights to which I’m strongly committed. White chocolate, soft and creamy, as only white chocolate can be. Unfortunately, my husband is not a great fan of white chocolate, otherwise I’d use it much more in my recipes without a doubt. It’s not that he dislikes it, but as far as chocolate is concerned, he prefers the dark version. No problem, a difference in preference at times maintains a good relationship, even if it’s for the love of something insignificant as chocolate.

Today it’s all about baking cookies. I haven’t yet figured out a schedule or a recipe at all yet. Recipes come and go with me, depending on what I see, smell or feel. Since I still have a whole bunch of white chocolate on stock, for that matter, the choice is easy (I’m sorry hubby, but today it’s my turn to pamper myself). My homemade vanilla extract is staring at me, asking me whether it’s his turn again today to be of any use. Well, why not, come to me, let me cherish you, you deserve it.

So, white chocolate and vanilla, check! What me more available? Let’s see…. Cashews, always a winner! Wait, is that my husband speaking to me in my mind, saying: hold up girlie, please don’t forget about me too today. Allright sweetheart, I’ll meet you halfway, especially for you I will incorporate some cocoa, not excessively, just a little as compensation, after all, I don’t want to spoil you too much. The cookie is coming together, I collect all the ingredients and get started.

A cookie with a hint of vanilla, with a filling of white chocolate and cashews. On top I’ve put a figure in the shape of a butterfly, symbolizing balance and sweetness, with cocoa incorporated. A subtle distinction as a small gift for my hubby.

Inventing a recipe doesn’t have to be difficult, it’s just a matter of gaining inspiration and deliberation, no fuss, spirit is what it takes. Occasionally, bending to the delights of your loved ones, definitely is a part of that.

 

Vanillekoekje met witte chocolade

 

Recipe Vanilla Cookie with White Chocolate

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies (with diameter of approx. 4 cm or 1½ inch)

Recipe Vanilla Cookie with White Chocolate

Ingredients:

    Dough
  • 150 gr flour
  • 100 gr unsalted butter
  • 50 gr sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • Filling
  • 50 gr white chocolate
  • 25 ml unwhipped cream
  • 50 gr cashews (or nuts of your choice)

Directions:

    Dough
  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/340°F (160°C/320°F with fan).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl mix the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt and knead until a cohesive dough.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to ½ cm thick (you'll have to roll the dough a few times).
  5. Cut 24 round shapes with a cutter and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Add cocoa powder to the remaining dough.
  7. Knead the dough well so the cocoa powder is properly incorporated.
  8. Cut small figures and stick it with a little water onto the round dough slices.
  9. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet.
  11. Filling
  12. Cut the chocolate into very small pieces and chop the nuts finely.
  13. Bring the small amount of cream to the boil.
  14. When it starts to bubble, take the pan from the heat.
  15. Dissolve, by stirring, the chocolate pieces in the cream and add the chopped nuts.
  16. Finish
  17. Cover half of the cookies with approx 1 teaspoon of filling and stick the remaining half of the cookies on top.
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