My friend’s birthday was coming up and I wanted to make something cute, but party-ish. After seeing some atrocious and rather dangerous attempts (think wedging a shot glass into the icing of a cupcake), I decided to come up with my own idea of cocktail flavoured biscuits.
I bought the cocktail glass shaped cutter from eBay, and all ingredients from a supermarket.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- coconut and pineapple juice
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- yellow food colouring
- desiccated coconut
- dried pineapple
- white writing icing
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
- Cream the butter and caster sugar in an electric mixer.
- Once the mixture is light and fluffy, gradually add the egg and 1/4 cup of coconut and pineapple juice.
- Stir in the flour and baking powder and mix until it will press together to form a dough.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and leave it in the fridge for around 30 minutes, as this will make it less sticky and easier to shape.
- Once cooled, roll the dough to a thickness of around 5mm, cut out the shapes and place onto a lined baking tray.
- Bake the biscuits for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.
- Remove them from the oven and place them onto a cooling rack.
- For the icing, mix a few drops of yellow food colouring into the icing sugar and gradually add the coconut and pineapple juice, until the icing becomes spreadable but not runny.
- Pipe the outline of a cocktail glass onto each biscuit using the white writing icing.
- Then, fill the ‘glass’ with the yellow icing and sprinkle on some desiccated coconut before it dries.
- Place a piece of dried pineapple onto the top of the glass shape.
- Leave in the fridge until the icing has hardened.
The main tips for these biscuits would be to make sure you roll the dough thin enough, as they’re easier to decorate when flat. Also, use lots of flour when rolling it out as the juice can make them quite sticky.
I like this recipe because often sugar cookies are just decorated, without the actual biscuit being flavoured. These biscuits actually taste like Piña Colada (as confirmed by my friend’s boyfriend who has never had Piña Colada, but described them as “er, like coconut.. and Malibu.”) Plus, of course, they looked cute!