Not only are these are a packaging free of one of the most popular biscuits, they have the added bonus of using up any egg yolks you might have going spare total win win if you ask me..!

This is what you need:

For the biscuits

  • 170g plain flour
  • 140g butter at room temperature
  • 60g caster sugar (+ extra for sprinkling)
  • 4 tsp custard powder
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 free range egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 170g icing sugar
  • 85g softened butter
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

This is what you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C (fan 160C)
  • Add all the ingredients and mix until a stiff dough is formed (I used my Kitchen Aid mixer, but I think a food processor type mixer would work too)
  • Flour your work surface and roll out thinly (about £1 coin thickness) in as rectangular a shape as you can make it
  • Trim the edges to straighten them (save the trimmings to roll out again), and then use a ruler to cut rectangular biscuits of whatever size you lie. Mine were a ruler’s width (for ease!) and about 7cm long. Re-roll the remnants until you’ve used up all the dough
  • Sprinkle the biscuits with sugar and then prick them with a fork
  • Transfer carefully to a lined baking sheet (or two if you need 2) and bake in the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes. I checked mine after 10, and took them out after about 12mins
  • Combine all the icing ingredients using a mixer (confession: I didn’t bother washing mine up having used it for the dough *shocked face emoticon*)
  • This makes quite a stiff icing, which did actually remind me of the filling in ‘actual’ bourbons. You can add a tsp of hot water if it’s too thick
  • Once your biscuits are cooled, fill and sandwich!

    NB. The icing is quite stiff and the biscuits are very ‘short’. I managed to break quite a few whilst icing them, and was forced to eat them before anyone noticed (in the spirit of zero waste, you understand...)

Plastic free/zero waste tips:

  • Buy butter in foil packs - you can soak the wrapper and the foil usually separates from the greaseproof liner, meaning you can then recycle both
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    Use re-usable silicon baking tray liners rather than greaseproof for lining
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    Buy icing sugar in paper bags rather than the plastic tubs they have recently introduced
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    If you don't live near a zero waste store, you can buy plastic free cocoa online from The Plastic Free Pantry (UK only)

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