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What you need:

1 cup dark chocolate or milk chocolate
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp corn syrup
3 cups vanilla wafers, crushed into crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup of dark rum (or brandy or whiskey)
Coatings: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, and/or sprinkles

What you do:

In a  saucepan, melt the chocolate on low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the icing sugar and corn syrup. Beat in the vanilla wafers (and nuts if you are using them). Next stir in the salt, vanilla and rum until well combined. Refrigerate the mixture until firm.

Form the mixture into small 1″ balls. Roll in the coatings of your choice.

Store in an airtight tin or they will dry out quickly.

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What you need:

8 oz / 227g   butter at room temperature

4oz / 113g  sugar

2 tsp water

2 tsp vanilla essence

8 oz /227g  flour

4 oz / 113g  finely chopped almonds

whole almonds for “fingernails”

1 tube red decorators icing

What you do:

Preheat oven to 160C / 325F / gas mark 3.

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add water and vanilla; mix well. Blend in flour and nuts. Mix until incorporated.

Scoop dough into a ball and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.

To make cookies: 

Shape the dough into fingers about 3 inches long by rolling a piece of dough between hands, pinching slightly on either side of the “knuckle” area.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet and put a whole almond on the end for the nail, pushing down slightly. Leave the other end of the finger a little uneven to get that “severed” look! With a knife, make three tiny lines across the “knuckle” area of the finger…whats a knuckle without a few wrinkles?

Bake  for around 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

When cool, squirt some of the red decorators icing onto the “severed” end of the finger.

 

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What you need:

For the shortcake
230 g / 8oz  plain flour
60 g / 2  1/2 oz caster sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch salt
80 g / 3 oz  butter, cut into  cubes
160 ml/ 5  1/2 thickened cream

For the filling

1 punnet of  medium-sized strawberries, hulled and halved lengthways
250 ml / 8 oz  whipping cream
2 tbsp caster sugar
125 g /5 oz ricotta
1 tsp vanilla essence
Icing sugar for dusting.

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4
To make the shortcakes  mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the butter and mix until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
Add the cream and beat until the mixture comes together.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 15 cm square about 3cm thick. Refrigerate for an hour.
Using a 5 cm biscuit ring, cut out 9 cakes.
Place on a baking tray and bake for around 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire  rack.

Make the ricotta cream by whipping the thickened cream with the sugar.
Fold in the ricotta and vanilla.
Slice each shortcake in half and fill with the strawberries and ricotta cream.
Dust with icing sugar.

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