Following the success of our Fairy Bread and Butter Pudding, my sprinkle fix hadn’t been abated. To try and satisfy it, we decided to make giant white Jazzies biscuits. Just in case you are imagining an epic giant biscuit coated in sprinkles, I fear I may well disappoint you when I say these can only be classified as giant when compared to the actual size of a Jazzie! I should also mention, I have been calling these sweets Jazzies for years and I only just realised that the packet says Jazzles! I am going to continue to call them Jazzies as in my head it is more fun and I am struggling to get my head around a new name for this childhood favourite of mine.
I seem to have retained the childlike opinion that sprinkles make everything more exciting as these are essentially chocolate buttons coated in sprinkles and they never fail to brighten up my day or bring me out of a grump. I remember taking these to a friend who was ill when I was in secondary school to cheer her up. They certainly didn’t make her immediately better, but they definitely seemed to serve their purpose.
My kids love these retro sweets. Grandma bought them some as a treat and they make a very welcome addition to natural Greek style yoghurt for pudding. The kids take great delight in ‘hiding’ the couple of Jazzies they are given and then acting all surprised when a Jazzie turns up in their mouths. It is a rather amusing interlude before what always seems a long drawn out bedtime routine.
Anyway, back to the recipe. It does call for a lot of sprinkles, but I promise you it is worth it. We unfortunately ran out of the hundred and thousands which cover Jazzies pretty quickly so had to resort to using any other sprinkles I had in the pantry. Ophelia took great delight in telling everyone who she saw when she was eating one of these biscuits that we ran out of ‘dots’! This did then require an explanation as surprisingly enough no-one really had a clue what she meant!
She also had lots of fun with the biscuit dough. I am pretty sure she thinks we make a lot of playdough which when she is done with it goes into the oven so she can then eat it when it has cooled! I am not going to correct her just yet, as I find the mentions of playdough rather amusing; we are most definitely learning through play.
For the biscuits
This is a basic biscuit recipe. The below quantity makes 25-30 round biscuits cut out with a 58mm cutter depending on how thick your biscuits are.
- 100g unsalted butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 medium free range egg
- 275g plain flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Jazzie topping
- 200g white chocolate, melted
- 3 tubes of hundreds and thousands
- Preheat the oven to 170°c fan and line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or greaseproof paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar together (by hand or with an electric mixer) until fully combined.
- Gently beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour and mix with a spoon.
- Bring the dough together with your hands.
- Place the dough wrapped in clingfilm to chill for around an hour.
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it is 1cm thick all over. Don’t forget to flour the rolling pin too.
- Cut out the rounds and bake for 8-10 minutes until pale or golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to harden for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool.
- Once cooled, melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. I did this bit for the kids.
- Put a small amount of sprinkles on a side plate.
- Dip the one of the flat sides of the biscuits into
the white chocolate and then place it chocolate side down onto the plate with sprinkles.
- Cool on a wire rack with a tea towel or old magazine underneath in case they drip – some may as my kids had to be encouraged not to dunk the whole biscuit in the white chocolate!
I must say the sprinkle dipping didn’t always work out perfectly; we had some that went for a second round in the chocolate so that more sprinkles would stick on. My recommendation is to only put a few sprinkles on the plate at a time and replenish frequently or you may well end up with bits of chocolate in your sprinkles.
We hope that you enjoy these biscuits masquerading as giant sweets. Please do get in touch if you make them.