How fast has this year flown by, it’s officially December and time to get up to some festive baking 🎅 This read is for all you sweet tooth lovers to give it a go at creating some tasty treats 😍
Make these super fun festive biscuits! This recipe makes up to 25 biscuits for you to share around your family and friends 🍪
Ingredients you’ll need are: 1 batch of universal dough, plain flour, 100g seedless raspberry jam and icing sugar.
- Firstly, you will need to create the dough and leave to chill for 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line two large baking trays with baking paper.
- Next, dust a clean work surface with the flour and roll out the dough to a reasonable thickness.
- Then, using a fluted 6cm biscuit cutter, press this into the dough and then using a 1-2cm star or Christmas tree cutter, cut out the middles of half of the biscuits.
- Re-roll out any remaining dough and repeat the process. After place the biscuits onto the baking trays.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden and leave to cool for 5 minutes before placing onto a wire rack.
- Fill a piping bag with the raspberry jam and pipe a small round, coin sized into the middle of each whole biscuit.
- Dust the biscuits that have the holes cut out with icing sugar and place them on top of the biscuits spread with jam and press together lightly to stick. Super easy and quick, now you’re done ☺️
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Want to get your creative hat on? This wonderful Christmas tree cupcakes recipe is the one for you 🎄
For this recipe, you’ll need: 150g unsalted butter, 150g golden caster sugar, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla bean paste, 175g self-raising flour, 100g gold fondant,edible sugar balls, mini chocolate, beans or multicoloured sprinkles.
For the buttercream, you’ll need: 300g unsalted butter, 500g icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla bean pasta and green food colouring.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Then beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and creamy.
- Add the eggs and vanilla along with 1 tbsp of the flour.
- Put the remaining flour into the batter and mix together until no flour is seen.
- Afterwards, place the batter into each of the 12 muffin cases and place in the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Once they have cooled, place them onto a wire rack.
- Next, roll out the fondant and stamp out 12 stars using mini biscuit cutters then leave to dry on some baking paper.
- Now, you will make the buttercream. To start, you will slowly mix together the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl.
- Once combined, beat for another 5 minutes until pale and fluffy and then add the green food colouring until your desired shade.
- Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag, fitted with a star nozzle. Start piping swirls of the buttercream onto the cupcakes, building the swirls into a cone shape.
- Finally, add the fondant stars on top of the ‘trees’ and decorate with sugar balls, mini chocolates and sprinkles how you like!
Chocolate Candy Treats
These are the most delicious Christmas candy treats you will try 🍬
For this recipe, you will need: 2 tbsp unsalted butter, 400g milk chocolate bar, a bag of semi-sweet chocolate sweets, a bag of dark chocolate chips, a bag of peanut butter chips, 85g of salted peanuts, 190g ridged potato chips, 190g pretzel twists, 150g of M&M’s and 30g of sprinkles.
- Firstly, you will turn the slow cooker on and place the butter in the base.
- Next, you will need to chop the chocolate bar into small pieces and add it to the slow cooker along with the dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate sweets and peanut butter chips and cover with a lid for 30 minutes on high.
- Afterwards, remove the lid and stir the mixture. Reduce the heat and cook for a further 10-20 minutes until the chips have melted.
- Then, add the peanuts, potato chips and pretzels. Once it is all mixed and melted together, line 3 sheets of baking paper.
- Using a spoon, use 2 scoops for each sheet then press on 3-5 M&Ms on top and sprinkle on top.
- Allow the treats to cool for 45 minutes until firm, now they are ready to eat!
You can’t go wrong with some vanilla cookies made for the festive season! You can have them up on your tree or hand them out for gifts too 😋
The ingredients for this recipe are: 140g icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg yolk, 250g butter, 375g plain flour and to decorate with, you’ll need 200g icing sugar, edible gold and silver balls and 2m thin ribbon cut into 10cm lengths.
- To start off, tip the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl and stir together.
- Add the flour and mix into a firm dough and then you will need to shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap them. Leave to chill for 20-30 mins.
- Preheat oven to 170° C and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
- Roll out the dough onto a clean, floured surface and use some Christmas cutters to cut out the desired shapes and place them onto the baking paper. Ensure to usethe tip of a skewer to cut a small hole in the top of each cookie.
- Place them in the oven to bake for 10-12 mins until lightly golden.
- Once the cookies are done and cooling on a wire rack, mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cold water to make a thick, adding food colouring if you like.
- Finally, the fun bit! Spread the icing over the cooled biscuits, decorate with edible balls and thread with ribbon when dry.