Cream Filled Brandy Snaps - A wonderful cookie-type treat, oddly enough, with no brandy! One is never enough so be sure to make plenty!

Cream Filled Brandy Snaps - A wonderful cookie type treat, oddly enough, with no brandy! One is never enough so be sure to make plenty!


These Cream Filled Brandy Snaps are wonderful! Strangely enough, there is no brandy in them, although I suppose you could add some if you so wished.

They're very easy and quick to make, and when you fill them with fresh whipped cream, the crunch of the brandy snap against the soft cool creamy fresh whipped cream is a lovely flavour and texture sensation.

These crispy sweet treats are always popular at Christmas time. Often you can but boxes of ready-made brandy snaps, and you just fill them with whipped cream. However, you only get 10 -12 in a box, and it can work out quite expensive if you need more, perhaps for a party or gathering.

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The brandy snaps themselves will keep for a week or so in an air-tight container BEFORE filling with fresh cream and make for a perfect festive cookie. Be sure to make plenty as they're always the first to go at parties and when friends come over!

Here, our friend Carina Duclos made the Brandy Snaps after I introduced her to a recipe which I have used for many years, and so Carina kindly took some photos to show us all how she made them.

Let's see what we need to do to get these little delights in our homes!

Recipe adapted from Mary Berry and made by Carina Duclos. 

Prep time

5 - 10 minutes

Baking time

10 - 15 minutes

Serving size

16 Brandy Snaps (Approx)

Ingredients

1/4 cup or 55 g butter
1/3 cup or 55 g  demerara / Light Brown sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons golden syrup
6 1/2 Tablespoons plain (AP) flour
½ level tsp ground ginger
½ tsp lemon juice

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4. Line two baking trays with baking parchment then oil a thickish handle of a wooden spoon and lay it on a cooling rack.

2. Add butter, sugar and syrup into a small, heavy-based pan.

3. Heat gently until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. This will take about 15 minutes over a low heat. Don’t let the mixture boil as it may crystalise.

4. Leave the mixture to cool slightly, about 2-3 minutes, then sieve in the flour and ginger. Pour in the lemon juice and stir well to mix thoroughly.

Cream Filled Brandy Snaps showing ingredients in the pan ready to heat up
Keep it on a gentle heat

5. Drop four teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto each of the prepared baking trays to make neat circles, about 10 cm / 4 in apart.

Cream Filled Brandy Snaps showing mixture on baking sheet before baking
Keep them apart because they'll spread

6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture is well spread out, looks lacey and is a dark golden colour.

Once baked, you need to work fast to shape the brandy snaps, so its easier if you bake one tray at a time.

7. Remove each tray from the oven and leave for a minute or so to firm up slightly, then lift from the baking parchment using a fish slice or palette knife.

Cream Filled Brandy Snaps showing brandy snaps on baking sheet after cooking
Can you see the lacy appearance and how thin they are!

The mixture needs to be just firm enough to remove, but pliable enough to shape. Check by releasing around and under the edges with a small palette knife.

Cream Filled Brandy Snaps showing rolled snaps on cooling rack

8. Quickly roll a circle of the warm mixture around the handle of the wooden spoon, having the join underneath.

Press the join lightly together to seal, then slide the brandy snap off the spoon and leave it to firm up on the wire rack, again with the join underneath. (watch the 30 second video below to show how to roll).

Top Tips

If any of the circles on the sheet harden too much to work with, put them back in the oven for a few seconds to soften again. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.

If the mixture in the pan becomes too firm to drop in neat spoonfuls, roll a teaspoonful of it into a small smooth ball in your hands, sit it on the baking tray and flatten slightly with your fingers.

When cold, store the brandy snaps in an airtight tin or container; they will keep for at least a week, or whip some fresh cream, and using a piping bag, pipe cream in at both ends of the brandy snaps so they are filled with cream, then chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before eating.

For rolling the snaps, watch the short 30 second video below to show how best to do it!

How to make Brandy Snap Baskets

Brandy Snap Baskets, a great dessert filled with ice cream, fresh fruits and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

If you'd prefer to make brandy snap baskets, simply place the cookie directly over the bottom of an upturned glass or small tart case and shape over it. When cooled, remove and there you have a basket.

You can then fill it with a scoop of ice cream, some fresh fruit and a drizzle of caramel sauce. In the photos below I've done a couple to show you how you can serve the baskets. I would allow 2 per person, (I am greedy!)

Brandy Snap Baskets, a great dessert filled with ice cream, fresh fruits and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

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Cream Filled Brandy Snaps - A wonderful cookie type treat, oddly enough, with no brandy! One is never enough so be sure to make plenty!

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Cream Filled Brandy Snaps - A wonderful cookie type treat, oddly enough, with no brandy! One is never enough so be sure to make plenty!

Cream Filled Brandy Snaps

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cream Filled Brandy Snaps - A wonderful cookie type treat, oddly enough, with no brandy! One is never enough so be sure to make plenty!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup or 55 g butter
  • 1/3 cup or 55 g demerara / Light Brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons golden syrup
  • 6 1/2 Tablespoons plain flour, AP
  • ½ tsp level ground ginger
  • ½ tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4. Line two baking trays with baking parchment then oil a thickish handle of a wooden spoon and lay it on a cooling rack.
  2. Add butter, sugar and syrup into a small, heavy-based pan.
  3. Heat gently until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. This will take about 15 minutes over a low heat. Don’t let the mixture boil as it may crystallise.
  4. Leave the mixture to cool slightly, about 2-3 minutes, then sieve in the flour and ginger. Pour in the lemon juice and stir well to mix thoroughly.
  5. Drop four teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto each of the prepared baking trays to make neat circles, about 10 cm / 4 in apart.
  6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture is well spread out, looks lacey and is a dark golden colour. Once baked, you need to work fast to shape the brandy snaps, so its easier if you bake one tray at a time.
  7. Remove each tray from the oven and leave for a minute or so to firm up slightly, then lift from the baking parchment using a fish slice or palette knife. The mixture needs to be just firm enough to remove, but pliable enough to shape. Check by releasing around and under the edges with a small palette knife.
  8. Quickly roll a circle of the warm mixture around the handle of the wooden spoon, having the join underneath. Press the join lightly together to seal, then slide the brandy snap off the spoon and leave it to firm up on the wire rack, again with the join underneath. (watch the 30 second video below to show how to roll). If any of the circles on the sheet harden too much to work with, put them back in the oven for a few seconds to soften again. Repeat until all the mixture has been used. If the mixture in the pan becomes too firm to drop in neat spoonfuls, roll a teaspoonful of it into a small smooth ball in your hands, sit it on the baking tray and flatten slightly with your fingers.
  9. When cold, store the brandy snaps in an airtight tin or container; they will keep for at least a week, or whip some fresh cream, and using a piping bag, pipe cream in at both ends of the brandy snaps so they are filled with cream, then chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before eating.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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    Audra Bechard

    says:

    These are awesome! They will take me a few batches more before I can perfect them. But seriously these are amazing!

    1. Hi Audra, yes, it took me a few ‘rolls’ before I got them looking good, did you watch the video? The other thing you could do is make baskets by placing the hot brandy snap over an upside down muffin pan or cup, and let it go cold. Then you can fill the basket with cream and fresh berries etc! Good luck!

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    Rhonda Young Botard

    says:

    I have always heard that most people flavor the cream filling with brandy and that is why they were called “Brandy Snaps”, but I’m sure you could just leave it plain or whip any flavor you like into the fresh whipping cream. Lovely recipe by the way! I just pinned it on my cookie board on Pinterest! Thanks!!

    1. Hi Rhonda, and thanks!
      Some people do add 1 teaspoon of Brandy into the batter mix, although it isn’t tradition. I think the popular addition would be to simply add a drop of vanilla to the cream, other than that, they are most delicious (in my opinion) simply as they are so you can taste the ginger etc in the snaps. But yes, you can do all sorts of things! Some dip the snaps in chocolate and eat them as they are with no filling etc etc! The sky’s the limit! Please enjoy!

    1. Hi Jodiy, the Traditional Brandy Snaps don’t have brandy in them. Strange but true!
      I’ve made some improvements to the website and if you can’t see the recipe in full, it may be your computer / device is using the web pages it already stores. SO what I would advise is for you to clear your cookies/cache so you get all the fresh pages and not ones which are from your computer’s memory.
      I hope this helps.