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Pineapple biscuits

Pineapple biscuits
These cute cookies are a Chinese New Year favourite – don't forget to score the dough to get that pineapple effect
Serves 12  / 
Prep 55 mins  / 
Cook 45 mins

Ingredients

150g Co-op unsalted butter, softened
60g Fairtrade icing sugar
2 Co-op British free range egg yolks, plus 1 whole egg, beaten, for glazing
250g Co-op plain flour, plus extra for dusting
20g cornflour
12 rosemary sprigs
For the pineapple filling:
227g can Co-op pineapple chunks in juice, roughly chopped, juice reserved
75g Fairtrade caster sugar

Method

Start with the filling:
Put the pineapple and juice in a pan and add the sugar
Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for 20 mins, until thick. Leave to cool completely

For the biscuits:
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy
Add the egg yolks one by one, beating well between each addition
Sift the plain flour and cornflour into the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth
Shape into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins
Divide the dough into 12 balls, then take one and flatten it in the palm of your hand
Put 1 tsp of the pineapple filling in the middle, then shape the dough around it to seal it in.
Mould into a pineapple shape with your hands, then score in a crisscross pattern to resemble the skin
Pierce a hole in the top to hold the rosemary sprig (but don’t insert the rosemary yet)
Repeat to make 12 biscuits, then put them on a baking tray and chill for 20-30 mins
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4
Brush the surface of the biscuits with beaten egg, then bake in the oven for 20-25 mins,until golden
Remove and leave to cool on a wire rack, then finish off by adding a sprig of rosemary to the hole at the top of each one

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