I made something I hadn’t thought of in years on the weekend. Ladybird biscuits!
I used to think these bikkies were the bee’s knees when I was little. Not surprisingly, my boys thought they were pretty cool and we had a lot of fun both making them and playing with them afterwards. They’re just so CUTE!
These little bugs would be great for kids parties and you can prepare them way ahead of time.
What are the treats that take you right back to being a kid again?
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
15g dark chocolate, melted
about 10 glace cherries, chopped into tiny dice
Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. With a mixer at low speed, beat the ingredients until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes, scraping the bowl with a spatula at regular intervals. This mixture is quite sticky!
Place the chocolate in a bowl and melt it the microwave (about 20 seconds). Add 3 tablespoons of the dough to the chocolate.
Shape both the plain dough and the chocolate dough into balls and wrap them in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a baking tray with baking paper. With floured hands, roll plain dough into 2.5cm balls. Flatten them slightly into an oval (bug) shape. Place them on a tray about 2cm apart.
With a sharp knife, draw a line lengthways down the centre of each bug. Press about two pieces of cherry into each side of the bug.
Take a small amount of the chocolate dough and roll into a ball to form a head for your ladybird. Just press it on gently.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned. Remove carefully onto wire racks to cool.
Makes around 36 and they keep in an airtight container about a week (but seriously, they won’t last that long!).
CAUTION: Keep an eye on them, they have a tendency to wander.