Hay hay it's Donna Day – Battenberg cookies

Clare from Eatstuff is hosting Hay hay its Donna Day. The challenge she came up with was baking Donna Hay’s checkerboard cookies in a creative way.
The two rules were:
Cookies should have at least 2 flavours,
Cookies should have at least 2 colours.

I had been thinking about the two flavours but I found it hard to think of something really exciting. Then all of a sudden it hit me…I had to make Battenberg cookies. I had it all pictured in my head: Beautiful square cookies with yellow and pink coloured squares…raspberry jam in between…surrounded by marzipan. Not only good-looking but good-tasting as well!
I wasn’t sure how the marzipan would react to baking though but I felt like living on the edge 😉 and tried it. They really did look beautiful when they were unbaked, just like regular Battenberg cake. I had hoped that the marzipan wouldn’t melt as much as it did but alas. They tasted wonderful however, especially the marzipan. It’s chewy in a crunchy way and the baking really brings out the flavour. Will be experimenting more with that in the future…

I used the recipe as Clare wrote it down but omitted the cocoa part. I used a little pink colouring to colour half of the dough. Between the 2 doughs and surrounding it I spread seedless raspberry jam. The 4 logs of dough were covered in about 400 g (14 oz) of marzipan that I rolled out.

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4 Responses to Hay hay it's Donna Day – Battenberg cookies

  1. Riet says:

    I love these, what a nice soft colours. And never seen them before!
    Have a nice Pinksteren!

  2. Linda says:

    Wow, that is really creative take on it! I have had Battenburg cake and it would never have occurred to me to make a cookie version.

  3. jenjen says:

    Those look great!! That shade of pink somehow reminds me of the neopolitan ice cream we used to have at kids birthday parties.
    The addition of the raspberry jam sounds delicious.

  4. keiko says:

    Hi Linda, these are too pretty to eat – I’d be very happy if someone baked those for me 🙂

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