ROMANY CREAMS

Growing up in South Africa, these biscuits were a staple in most households I imagine and for good reason!! Romany Creams are basically a chocolate biscuit with a coconut cookie that is sandwiched together with melted chocolate! Sounds good right!?! Living in France, we obviously couldn’t get them as easily as we were used to so I had to find a way to get them and that was of course, to bake them myself!! The smell & taste of these biscuits takes me straight back to my childhood in South Africa.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes – Baking Time: 10 minutes – Makes about 80 single or 40 double biscuits

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g Butter
  • 250ml (1 CUP) Sugar
  • 625ml (2 1½ CUPS) desiccated Coconut
  • 500ml (2 CUPS) Cake Flour
  • 60ml (¼ CUP) Cocoa Powder
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) Baking Powder
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • 50-75g Milk Chocolate, Melted

HOW TO MAKE ROMANY CREAMS

Preheat your oven to 180°C/355°F and grease or line 2 baking trays.

In a mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, add the butter and cream it for a few minutes. Add the sugar while continuing to cream these two ingredients together. Add the coconut and mix together.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a separate mixing bowl. Then add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Using your hands or mixer on a low speed, mix all these ingredients until combined. The dough will fall apart, so knead the dough until it all comes together and forms a soft dough.

Using a teaspoon measurement, roll balls of dough and place them evenly onto your baking trays. Take a fork and lightly press down each ball of dough.

Bake the biscuits for about 10-12 minutes. They will still be soft when you remove them from the oven.

Transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.

While they are cooling, you can melt your chocolate in the microwave or over a steaming pot of water on the stove. Allow the melted chocolate to cool a little before spreading it onto one side of a biscuit. Take another biscuit and sandwich them together. Let the chocolate cool and harden and then they are ready to be eaten!!

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