Reindeer Biscuits

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Christmas Baking

(NB: these are biscuits that look like reindeer – not for reindeer to eat!)

These are really simple but great fun and enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

You will need:
-Basic gingerbread recipe (or any biscuit recipe, where you roll out the dough and cut out shapes)
-Gingerbread man cutter(s)
-Icing sugar
-Red food colouring
-Green food colouring
-Silver balls
-Any other biscuit decorating things you desire!IMG_20141217_193043

Cook your biscuits as usual and then let them cool. Make up green, red and white icing. Turn the gingerbread men upside down so that their legs are in the air and – look! It’s a reindeer (the legs become the antlers, the arms the ears and the head the face). Decorate accordingly.

You could also keep some the ‘normal’ way up and make them snowmen, for a variety. 🙂

Christmas Jumper Biscuits

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Christmas Baking

Here’s IMG_20131211_211322another fun idea for Christmas themed biscuit decorating. Next week is National Christmas Jumper Day in the UK, so why not decorate some jumper shaped biscuits to celebrate? I made these two years ago for the occasion, creating my own jumper template and cutting around it with a knife, but this year I have seen jumper cookie cutters in the shops, which would make the job even quicker (and your jumpers will look a bit neater than mine!). I made them with a gingerbread recipe, but as with the rIMG_20131212_202508eindeer biscuits, any biscuit recipe where you roll out the dough and cut out the shapes is just fine. I made the biscuits one evening and then spent a couple of happy hours decorating them the next evening. I picked a number of different themes – Santa, Christmas trees, candy canes etc.; made white, red and green icing and used a cocktail stick for the more precise parts; and used lots of other cake decorations: silver balls, mini smarties etc. Lots of fun and the results added to the enjoyment of Christmas Jumper Day at work.   IMG_20131212_194901

Pecan, cranberry and chocolate brownies

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Christmas Baking

A friend recently asked me to bake a ‘festive traybake’ so I decided to add some Christmassy tastes to chocolate brownies, using just ingredients I had in the house (it was too cold to go out to the shops!). The result was a very rich and tasty brownie, with a hint of Christmas. Very easy too 🙂

Ingredients:

150g dark chocolate

200g Stork (or equivalent)

215g soft brown sugar

150g self raising flour

40g extra dark cocoa powder

3 eggs (large)

50g dried cranberries

100g pecan nuts

80g cranberry sauce

IMG_20151210_161947Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan/ gas 4 and line an 8 inch square baking tin with baking parchment. Break the chocolate into chunks and melt it with the Stork in the microwave.
  2. Mix together the sugar, flour and cocoa powder and stir in the melted chocolate and Stork mixture, followed by the eggs. Stir through the dried cranberries and pecan nuts, followed by the cranberry sauce.
  3. Pour into the tin and smooth the surface. Bake for 35 – 40 mins. Allow to cool before slicing.

(Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food).