Delicious patisserie chocolate biscuits

Delicious patisserie chocolate biscuits

By 03/10/2014

Who says you need to go to a patisserie for the finest biscuits or pastries?

There are many things you can make in your own home without too much difficulty. Anything can be learned with patience and practice.

Those lovely and cute little biscuits you often see in patisserie windows (very popular in Italy too) can actually be made easily and successfully at home.

They are delicate, fragrant and crumbly biscuits which makes them idealΒ  for a refined afternoon tea or coffee.

To achieve their soft consistency the butter is whipped energetically (easier if you use an electric mixer) with icing sugar until is very soft and creamy; then all the other ingredients are added. As the consistency is very soft and wet you will need a piping bag in order to shape them.

You can decorate them as you like. They are irresistible dipped in chocolate.. of course, that will always be most people's first choice.

Happy baking!

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

With an electric mixer (or by hand if you prefer) whip the butter with the icing sugar for a few minutes. Add the vanilla essence, the egg and the lemon zest and continue mixing.

whipping butter

Add the sifted flour and the salt and combine the ingredients well. You should have a mixture without lumps, very smooth and soft. If you find that it is on a dry side addΒ  some milk. Preheat the oven at 160 C.

stirring the mixture

Line your baking tray with baking paper (or with a silicone sheet). With the help of a piping bag form the biscuits.

piping out biscuit

You can make all the shapes you like: S shape, horseshoe, round shape or just little roses. Anything you fancy.

Italian Butter Cookies

Decorate your biscuits with the cherries and the whole nuts. Bake for about 15 minutes. They should not colour too much. Make sure you don't overcook them.

Italian Butter Cookies

Remove them from the oven and let them cool down. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a sauce pan of simmering water then partially dip the biscuits into the chocolate. Sprinkle them with the chopped nuts (I love the colour of pistachios). I have sprinkled them with freezed dried raspberries I had in the cupboard for a touch of girlie colour πŸ˜‰

Italian Butter Cookies

And now you are ready for a really posh afternoon tea or coffee. A good excuse to have friends around and show off your creations.

We are need some kind of gratification from time to time. I do!

Italian Butter Cookies

I am entering this to "Bake of the Week" hosted by Casa Cosello and as for my biscuits I baked with flour that needed using up with "No Waste Food Challenge" ofΒ  Elizabeth’sΒ Kitchen Diary.

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16 Responses to Delicious patisserie chocolate biscuits

  1. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    What lovely cookies. These are so good and I love the added chocolate on the ends. They look like you bought them at a bakery. But I know better, that is Alida’s cookies and they must be awesome! These are great as the holidays are coming soon, this would be a wonderful cookie to share. Easy and I love cookies that are piped in a pastry bag. I could just taste these buttery cookies with a hot cup of tea…I am printing this one out for future use…Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!
    Dottie πŸ™‚

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie. You comments are always lovely. Have a nice weekend x

  2. Catherine

    These are beautiful cookies to make for the holidays dear Alida.
    I would love these and they are so pretty too. Blessings dear. Catherine

  3. Diana

    So pretty…for sure I will be making these for Christmas!

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Belli e golosi, si vede che sono friabili, bravissima come sempre!Un abbraccio!

  5. marcellina

    What beautifully presently biscuits! Just found your blog and what a lovely find!

  6. Alida

    Thank you Vohn! And well done for hosting this month!x

    • Alida

      Thank you Kirsty!x

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  8. Casa Costello

    I’m fascinated with your arrangement of these biscuits – Just love them! Thanks so much for being such a good part of #Bakeoftheweek New Linky & Roundup now open x

    • Alida

      Thank you Helen, I am pleased you like them πŸ™‚

  9. kathy

    Thank you Alida…I did get the email and thank you for answering my question. It went to my spam so I understand why you took down my post. Thank you again

    • Alida

      You are very welcome Kathy πŸ˜‰

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