We may have found this years cookies for Santa, now admittedly I haven’t made as many as I would have liked. Unfortunately a minor problem with my pregnancy has meant less hours on my feet in the kitchen than I would like, full days baking are now out 😦
However, one must spend some time baking!
We baked these biscuits yesterday and all three children were happy to declare that ‘Santa would love these!’
Happy children, happy Mama, happy Santa
The recipe features in this years Easy Food Christmas Annual, if you don’t have a copy, get yourself one, it’s a fantastic magazine. The biscuits are very appropriately called ‘Santa’s Biscuits’
175g dark muscovado sugar
85g golden syrup
3tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground cinnamon
350g plain flour
1tsp bread soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
200g dark chocolate (I used milk chocolate as the children prefer it)
Heat the sugar, golden syrup and butter until melted. Mix the spices and flour in a large bowl. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Dissolve the bread soda in 1 tsp of cold water. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the melted sugar mix, egg and bread soda. Mix well. At this stage the mix will be soft but will firm up on cooling.
Wrap the mix in cling film, leave to cool the put in the fridge for at least 1 hour to become firm enough to roll out.
Heat the oven to 190C/GM 5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
Cut the dough in half . Thinly roll out one half on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with cutters and transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with the other half.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until they darken slightly. Col for a few minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to a wire rack to cool and harden up completely.
Break up the chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water to melt. Drizzle the chocolate over the biscuits, dip the biscuits into the chocolate, decorate how you please and leave them to set.
These biscuits are really delicious, the warmth of the ginger and cinnamon is truly festive and I look forward to making them again with the children on Christmas Eve.
The amount you get from this mix is determined by the size and type of cutters you use, I used four different shapes and got 50 biscuits.