Almond Chocolate Smiles

These cheeky smiley face biscuits are usually vanilla flavoured and filled with the classic butter cream and jam combo. I decided to give them a chocolate almond makeover because I like everything served with chocolate!

Biscuits makes 24 complete biscuits with bases and smiles
250g softened butter
130g light brown caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp almond essence
300g plain flour

Ganache Filling
150ml double cream
200g dark chocolate

Cream together the butter and sugar
Beat in the egg yolk and almond essence
Sieve in the flour
Combine the ingredients into a dough

This is a buttery dough and it will need to chill the dough for at least 2 hours before you start working with it.

Once chilled, roll out the dough on a floured surface and use the cutters to press out your smiley faces.
Bake 150c on a greased baking tray for 10-12 minutes

For the filling
Break the chocolate into small squares
Warm the cream over a medium heat until it starts to lightly bubble
Remove the cream from the heat
Add a third of the chocolate to the cream and stir until it is completely melted
Add a further third of the chocolate and stir again until it has melted then repeat this with the remaining chocolate.
Leave the ganache to cool before spreading it between the cooled biscuits.

I also made a video review of the Lakeland smiley biscuit cutters that I used to make these biscuits.

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