Thursday, May 19, 2011

My version of Assorted Cream biscuits

Coconut Ice, Choc Crackle Caramel & Lemon Delice
As a child, it was a rare treat to have some Arnotts Assorted Creams in the biscuit barrel. It wasn't that we didn't like or prefer Mum's home made biscuits, there was just something so nice about having the choice of so many different flavoured biscuits at once. Favourites like Delta Creams, Shortbread Creams, Monte Carlos, Kingstons and Orange Creams. I could never decide on just 2 or 3 but had to have one of each (while Mum wasn't looking of course).
I had 3 different kinds of leftover icing in my freezer. (Why do I always keep these 'little bits' of icing? So I can make a variety of iced biscuits I guess.) I thought about making a basic biscuit mixture, slightly altering the flavour of it and sandwiching (is that really a word) them with the 3 different icings.

After making the biscuit dough, divide into three (or as many as you have different icing for).

Roll into balls, flatten with the back of a spoon or a fork and bake. For the Coconut Ice, I rolled the balls in coconut before flattening. For the Lemon Delice, I added a small bit of lemon essence to the dough. Grated lemon rind would've been nice too but I didn't want to risk it with my fussy daughter. She would've complained if she saw specks of 'something' sticking out of a biscuit. For the Choc Crackle Caramel, I rolled the balls in cocoa before pressing.

Once cooled, sandwich with icing and enjoy. I flavoured the pink icing with a little coconut essence and the yellow icing with lemon juice. The caramel icing was leftover over from the Caramel Mudcake Cupcakes I made the other week.

Basic Biscuit Dough
(from "Day to Day Cookery" - my high school Home Economics text book)

125gm butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1.3/4 cups Self Raising flour
1 egg

Melt butter and mix well with sugar. (The recipe says to cream butter and sugar together but most often I just melt and mix. Quicker that way and same result.) Add the beaten egg and vanilla. Gradually add sifted flour. Mix into a stiff paste. Roll small pieces of dough into balls and place on baking tray. Flatten with back of a spoon or a fork. Bake in a 180 deg C oven for approx 8-10 mins or until golden brown.

They went like hot cakes and I got asked "why didn't you make more?". Gosh, I'm tied to the kitchen some days!



  1. These look delish! I would love it if you could stop by Heck Fridays today(Thursday) and post it on our first link party!

    Hope to see you soon!!!

  2. This is a great idea – it is nice presenting people with an assortment of biscuits, rather than just dozens of the same thing! Definitely want to try it out and get creative!

  3. Wow, those looks great! I'm a little hungry now :) Wish I had a lemon one!

  4. mmmm yum! This is such a great idea for something a little bit special, but not too tricky! Thanks for sharing!

  5. These look incredible! What a treat!

  6. Hi! I'm having a linky party called A Themed Baker's Sunday where this week's theme is cheesecake! I'd love for you to join and link up! If you don't have a cheesecake recipe, I'd love for you to come back for this next weeks theme, which is tomorrow, and it's cakes and cake pops!


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