Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Treats

I can't tell you how easy these cookies are!... okay I will.

Mix them, roll them, cut them, cook, dust some icing sugar or half dip them in melted chocolate, pipe icing on them, add some coloured cachous, sandwich two bits together with raspberry jam and then cover in chocolate - only limited by your imagination.

Oh, and they make yummy christmas treats for your friends and family too!

Enjoy (I'm off to make a 3rd or 4th batch - I've lost count!)...

125g butter, cubed & softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence 
1 cup plain flour
1 cup self raising flour

Preheat the oven to warm 160degrees.
Beat together butter and sugar until creamy.  
Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. 
Fold in sifted flours to form a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto sheet of baking paper and cover with another sheet.  Roll out dough to 5mm thick.  Using xmas cookie cutters cut out your shapes and place on baking tray.

Bake for 10-15 mins or until slightly golden.

When cooled, melt approx 175g of chocolate (dark or white or whatever preference), dip half of the cookies into melted chocolate and lay on some Alfoil to dry. 

OR, melt 1/2 cup Raspberry or Strawberry jam (or whatever is your preference), strain through a small sieve to remove any pips, place about 1/2 teaspoon of jam on flat side of cookie and sandwich with another cookie (making sure they match size), and then dip in melted chocolate... mmmm Yummy!

Photo by me
Recipe courtesy of 'Family Circle, Cooking a commonsense guide'

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