Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day 12 -Lacy Brandy Snaps



Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons brandy
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • FILLING:
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • Grated chocolate, optional

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in the flour, brandy and ginger.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls, three at a time, 3 in. apart onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Cool for 30-45 seconds. Working quickly, loosen each cookie and curl around a thick wooden spoon handle. (If cookies become to cool to shape, return to oven for 1 minute to soften.) Remove to wire rack to cool completely. 
  4. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and brandy; beat until stiff peaks form. Just before serving, pipe cream mixture into cookies. Sprinkle ends with chocolate if desired. Yield: 4 dozen.
  5. Unfilled snaps will hold in the refrigerator for 2 -3 days in an airtight container
Optional filling:
Eggnog Whipped Cream
Pour cream into chilled bowl (also good if you put the beaters in y our freezer for a few minutes)
and mix on high for about 2 minutes when all cream will be fluffy. Beat in the sugar until it has stiff peaks.  Slowly add the extracts and nutmeg one at a time making sure there are stiff peaks before you add the next ingredient. Using a star tip for your pastry bag, slowly fill brandy snaps. You can leave ends plain or use chocolate sprinkles on them.


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