Rather than just make a normal vanilla buttercream, I vamped it up a bit and added a load of cocoa about 3 tablespoons of toasted and ground hazelnuts which worked beautifully.
They would make the perfect accompanyment to a cup of tea and a super size to pop on the top or centre tier of a cake stand. Or share as I did with a best friend over a cup of tea !
They're easy and quick to make and the recipe produces only 8 > 9 filled cookies - so not too many either. I had one with a friend the morning I made these and then too the rest into work.
Recipe - Melting Moments
170g salted butter60g icing sugar170g plain flour60g corn flour (I used rice flour as had run out !)2tsp vanilla extract
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy and then gently combine the flours.
Roll into walnut sized balls on to a baking tray prepared with baking parchment or a silicone baking sheet /tray liner. Flatten with a fork.
Bake for approx 12 mins at 160deg C fan until just starting to take on colour.
Once totally cooled, fill with your buttercream.
I had no real recipe for this. I started with a dollop of butter and some icin sugar, added some cocoa, a splash of milk and about 3 tablespoons of hazelnuts (ground and toasted).... then a bit more icing sugar to get the right consistency.
I piped the buttercream using a 1cm nozzle on to the cookies for neatness.