These Christmas orange and chocolate cookies filled with the delicious gianduiia namelaka cream are just amazing. The decoration made with dark chocolate and sprinkles give them an extra crunch. A must try!
Instructions: Christmas orange and chocolate cookies with gianduia cream
For this recipe I used dark chocolate powder and sprinkles from Italian company Decora. The dark chocolate powder gives an intense and fragrant flavor and I strongly recommend to use it but in case you can’t find this product I suggest to replace it with 2 tablespoons of good quality dark cocoa powder.
The night before making these cookies melt the gianduia chocolate over a water bath or in a microwave. Heat the milk and dissolve honey and gelatine that has been previously soaked in cold water for 10 minutes (squeeze it well if you are using gelatin sheets). Gradually add hot milk into the chocolate. Using an immersion blender blend the mixture until smooth. Add cold whipping cream and blend again, trying to incorporate as little air as possible. Place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours before using it.
In a bowl bring together flour, cocoa, chocolate powder, powdered sugar, honey, egg, cold butter and orange zest. Briefly work all the ingredients until the dough becomes uniform. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Helping yourself with more flour, roll out the dough to a height of 3 to 4 millimeters and use the square cookie cutter (or by cutting them manually) cut out about 2 dozen cookies. Bake in a preheated static oven at 180 °C for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to get dark.
Once baked let cool completely and decorate half of the biscuits with melted dark chocolate and sprinkles.
Fill the second half of the cookies with the gianduia cream (I reccomend using a piping bag) and then join the two parts of the cookies and serve.
Lot of love. B.
This recipe comes from the collaboration with Decora – a company specializing in the production of materials for the decoration and production of cakes and desserts.