I was craving for Silvanas but the only bakeshop I know selling it is House of Silvanas which is about 30 miles away from where I live. This recipe is the closest thing next to this buttery treat. Both desserts use butter as their main ingredient. Silvanas is a soft cookie sandwich with butter cream filling and more butter cream on the outside covered with cookie crumbs. SF weekly calls it the "Filipino Macaron". Because of the article, the more it inspired me to make it. As a start, I used graham crackers instead of making my own cookie. That saves me some time so that all I have to do now is the filling. Since I used graham crackers this dessert resembles more of a Sansrival rather than Silvanas that's why I called it Sansrival bites.
Here's the list:
1 cup butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped cashew nuts or almonds or pistachio
Box of graham crackers
First whip the butter in a large bowl until it's creamy. In a seperate medium bowl, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla until light and frothy. Slowly pour the cream mixture into your butter while mixing it. Beat continuously until smooth.
Now the fun part, assembling the cookie bites. Cut graham cracker into squares. Spread butter mixture on top of one cracker. Make sure to spread it on the smooth side of the cookie. Top it with the other half forming a sandwich. Spread the butter mixture again on top of the sandwich and on its sides sealing it. Arrange the cookie sandwiches on a cookie sheet. Once you've finished with all your cookies, Top it with your favorite chopped nuts. I used cashew in this recipe to make it more authentic. Make sure to press the nuts on the butter so it will stick. Cover with parchment paper or foil and freeze for at least an hour. The best way to eat this is straight from the freezer. This way the butter cream will just melt in your mouth.
There's a lot of great Filipino desserts out there but this is definitely one of my favorite treat next to Silvanas! Super easy to make, simple ingredients and very addicting. :)