I love baking cookies, and when an opportunity arised at work that needed some Rugby shaped cookies, I jumped at the chance to make these.
140g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg Yolk
300g Plain Flour
75g Cocoa Powder
Cream together the butter and icing sugar and mix until combined. You should have a mixture that is light and fluffy. Then add in your egg and vanilla extract and mix together.
Once combined, add in the flour and the cocoa powder and pull together so it forms breadcrumbs.
Pour the dough mixture out onto your work surface and bring the breadcrumbs together so it forms a dough.
The dough is the best if you wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for an hour for the butter to firm up before baking.
Once your dough is ready, you can roll out and start cutting out your biscuits. I used a large round cutter and squashed it to make an oval shape for my biscuits. These biscuits do not tend to expand much when cooking, however it is always wise to leave a bit of a gap when putting them onto your baking tray.
Bake at 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5 for about 15 minutes (you may want to increase/reduce the cooking time dependant on how big your biscuits are).
I used Royal Icing to decorate my biscuits. You will need the following:
Royal Icing Ingredients
2 Egg Whites
500g Icing Sugar
Royal Icing Method
In a pyrex bowl, whisk your egg whites until they form a stiff peak. Once you have achieved this, slowly start adding in your icing sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time and continue to whisk, repeating until you have used all of the icing sugar. You will end up with a really stiff mixture, that you can water down later once you start decorating. A top tip here would be to place a tea towel underneath your bowl as the mixture becomes stiffer. It will be harder to mix and the bowl may try to move around whilst you are whisking. The tea towel keeps the bowl in place for you.
Once your biscuits have baked and cooled, you can begin piping the detail for the rugby balls. These make a great treat for the kids to enjoy and i’m sure they will love baking them with you. Enjoy!