Chocolate Linzer Biscuits
Lindt Excellence Dark 85% Bar 100g
- 100 g Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
- 270 g plain flour
- 50 g ground almonds
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 225 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 115 g caster sugar
- 115 g light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 165 g raspberry jam
Put the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a large bowl with an electric hand mixer), beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed for about 1 minute or until well combined, scraping down sides as necessary.
Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, followed by the melted chocolate, until well combined. Tip in the flour mix and mix on a low speed until you have a smooth dough.
Divide in half, flatten to discs, cover with cling film and chill for 1 hour.
Line a couple of baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
To roll: dust a large sheet of cling film with cocoa powder and place 1 disc on top. Lightly dust dough with cocoa and top with another sheet of cling film. Roll out the dough to 3mm/ ⅛ inch thick (no thicker than 6mm/¼ inch). Use a 5cm /2-inch fluted round cutter to cut out rounds. Repeat with the remaining disc of dough - making sure you have an even number.
Using a small 2 cm/¾-inch or 2.5cm/1-inch star cutter, cut out the centre of half of the rounds. Re-roll the scraps. Place the biscuits 2.5cm/1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheets. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160 Fan/Gas 4.
Bake the biscuits for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are firm - you may have to do this in batches. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
Spread a little jam on the bottom of the whole biscuits and sandwich with the cut-out biscuits.
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