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Chocolate Shortbread Footballs

Ingredients
Serves:
1 cup
unsalted butter
1/2 cup
granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup s
sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup
cocoa, sifted
Filling:
1 cup
Mascarpone
2 tablespoon s
confectioner's sugar
Royal Icing:
1 cup
sifted confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon
egg white
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add the cocoa and flour and mix together well until it combines. Allow to rest for 1 hour, covered in plastic.  
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  
  3. With a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and with a cookie cutter shaped like a football, cut the dough into footballs. Place on parchment paper on cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the sheet and bake another 5 minutes. Allow to cool.  
  4. Mix together the mascarpone and 2 tablespoons of confectioner's sugar until well blended. Spread a little of this mixture on one football and top with a second football to make a sandwich. Continue spreading the mixture until all cookies are used.  
  5. To make the royal icing, combine the 1 cup of confectioner's sugar with the egg white. Mix until the consistency is very smooth. Pour icing into a piping bag fitted with a round #1 tip. Pipe a football lace design on the cookies. Let dry.

 Raw Egg WarningThe American Egg Board states: "There have been warnings against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs on the grounds that the egg may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria responsible for a type of food poisoning... Healthy people need to remember that there is a very small risk and treat eggs and other raw animal foods accordingly. Use only properly refrigerated, clean, sound-shelled, fresh, grade AA or A eggs. Avoid mixing yolks and whites with their shell."

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