Festive Sweet Treats

Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones but it’s also the perfect time to indulge in yummy food… Whether you are tucking into a traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings or eating chocolate bites from a selection box, we can all agree that it is the time of year where food is most appreciated . We are here to inspire you with some festive sweet treat recipes that you can make for friends and family throughout the season!

Mince Pie Brownies

Who doesn’t love Mince Pies or Brownies? Try creating this clever mash-up and you may be the most popular person at Christmas!

Unsalted butter (185g)
Dark chocolate (185g chopped) 
Plain Flour (85g) 
Cocoa Powder (40g) 
Eggs (3 large)
Caster sugar (275g)
Mince Pies (6) 
Icing sugar (for dusting)

Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium bowl and heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the base of a shallow 20cm square tin with non-stick baking parchment. 

Sieve the flour and cocoa into a bowl and start to whisk the eggs and sugar until thick and creamy. Pour in the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold together with a rubber spatula in a figure of eight, moving the bowl round until the mixture is a mottled dark brown.

Gently start folding in the cocoa and flour mixture, the mixture will look dry and dusty, then fudgey. Spoon a little mixture into the prepared tin, then add the mince pies, leaving them whole. Scrape over the rest of the mixture, gently easing it between and over the pies. Level the top. Put in the oven for 25 minutes.

Finally, once they are cool dust with icing sugar and cut into quarters. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Cookies

This would be perfect to leave for Santa or to put in a tin to give friends and family when they visit!

Salted butter (120g) 
Light brown muscovado sugar (50g) 
Caster sugar (150g) 
Ground Cinnamon (3tsp) 
Egg (1 lightly beaten)
Plain Flour (220g)
Icing Sugar (1 tbsp)

Beat the butter, muscovado sugar, caster sugar and cinnamon together with an electric whisk for 2-3 mins until well-combined. Add the egg, flour, baking powder and continue to beat until the mixture becomes a uniform dough.

Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls between the palms your hands, you should have 12-15 and then chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan and line two large baking trays with baking parchment. Place the dough balls 3-4cm apart on the prepared baking trays to allow the mixture to spread.

Bake for 10-12 mins until lightly golden at the edges but still soft and gooey in the centre. Finally, mix the icing sugar with the remaining cinnamon, then dust over the cookies. Enjoy

Sweet Snowballs

A festive alternative to truffles, these bitesize treats contain Maltesers, coconut, marshmallows and for that Christmas touch there are cranberries. This is a great treat to make with kids as its straightforward to follow and does not require any ovens.

White Chocolate (400g)
Rich Tea Biscuits (100g)
White Malteser (50g)
Mini Marshmallows (50g)
Dried Cranberries (50g)
Golden Syrup (3 tbsp)
Desicated Coconut (100g)

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Meanwhile, crush the biscuits and Maltesers in a large bowl with a rolling pin.
Add mini marshmallows, dried cranberries, and cake crumbs, then the chocolate and golden syrup mixing well.

Tip the coconut onto a plate and drop large spoonsful of mixture onto the plate and roll them around, coating in coconut and shaping into balls.
Place on a baking tray and chill for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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