These worked better than I had expected. Whilst I wasn’t sold on presentation, they tasted like the cookies I remember from my childhood, and ticked the box in that respect. They were a gift for a special girl on her 18th birthday, and looked quite cute when all snuggled up in a box as a present!
You do need custard powder for these goodies, I’m not sure if that is a staple in your pantry or not! However, it is worth adding it, as the taste definitely comes through. If you don’t have it, I’m sure you could try substituting a mix of icing sugar with a bit of cornflour in it’s place, so you will end up with the same consistency.
I made these cookies quite small, so if you choose to make them the same size as me, just remember that you will have to cut out and cook 72 of these wee babies! It’s worth it though. If you don’t fancy the lime glaze, just use another flavour, or leave it out.
Custard Creams with Lime Glaze
50g custard powder
40g castor sugar
1 tsp baking powder
100g butter, softened and cubes
1-2 Tbsp milk
100g icing sugar
10g custard powder
5g butter, melted
Juice of one small lime
30g icing sugar
Mix together the flour, custard powder, sugar and baking powder. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs and is distributed evenly. Whisk the egg, then add to the mixture. Combine gently, adding a bit of milk if needed, until a soft dough is formed. Chill for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line two baking trays with baking paper.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 4mm thick and cut out lots of little stars (or whatever shape you choose!). Transfer to a the baking trays and bake for 20 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven and cool.
When ready to fill, soften the butter for the filling and mix on the icing sugar and custard powder, adding a bit of hot water if necessary, until you have a thick filling. Colour with food colouring if desired (I added red but it turned light peachy-pink due to the yellowness of the butter!). Either fill the cookies using a knife to spread the filling onto the bottom of half the stars, or use a piping bag. Sandwich the cookies together. To make the glaze, mix together the butter, icing sugar and lime juice, then a bit of hot water until you have a runny icing. Colour if desired. Drizzle (with a flicking motion) over the cookies. Chill the cookies for about 10 minutes to set the icing, then store in a cool place in an airtight container.
Makes 32 small star sandwiched cookies!