Mini cookie birthday cakes

These cut cookie cakes are fantastic for your next gathering - and require almost no preparation!

Ingredients:

115g white compound chocolate
12 birthday candles
24 vanilla sandwich cookies (as shown in picture)
Small round edible pink pearls or dragées
Rainbow sprinkles

Directions:

1. Melt the chocolate to pouring consistency.

2. Take a cookie and place ½ teaspoon of melted chocolate on top. Place a second cookie on top to create a four-layer biscuit and allow to set.

3. Cut the top 2.5 cm off a candle and set aside along with 8 round pearls and some sprinkles. Take 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate and drop it in the middle of the top cookie. Tap on the work surface until the melted chocolate drizzles over the sides.

4. Add 8 pearls as “cherries” around the outside edge, place the candle in the centre, and top with sprinkles. Repeat to make a total of 12 birthday cakes.

Images and recipes from Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan (Murdoch Books) RRP $39.99