Baking is always such a fun activity to do at Christmas time, and I’m always seeing loads of beautifully decorated gingerbread men and mince pies, but I hate to admit that while I love a good mince pie, I’m not a huge fan of gingerbread and so usually don’t end up baking it. However, I really wanted to do a baking post for one of my blog posts, so thought I’d show you how I made these melting moments biscuits this Christmas as an alternative. They’re not super festive, although the little red cherry adds a nice pop of colour and a bit of festive spirit. I recently made these for a practical in food technology (we were making a drink, for which I did lemonade which was really nice, and biscuit accompaniments – the drink was practice for our final exam) and they didn’t take me too long, they’re pretty easy so even if, like me, you’re hopeless at cooking, you’ll definitely be able to make these!
I have used the recipe from a Be-Ro cooking book which is very old and the only cooking book we own in my house, however feel free to use whatever recipe you’d like or make any suitable adaptations to this one!
- 105g of butter (the recipe calls for 65g of margarine and 40g of lard, however I prefer to use all butter as it has a nicer taste)
- 75g of caster sugar
- Half a medium egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- Some oats or dessicated coconut – I prefer to use oats as I think it tastes nicer but thats just because I hate the taste of coconut, use whatever you’d like!
- Halved glace cherries – I bought mine halved to save me time but it’s just as easy to halve them yourself
- Heat your oven to 180C (350F) and line a baking tray with baking paper. Depending on the size of your biscuits, you may need to line two trays however this usually makes around nine medium sized biscuits so I always find that it’s alright on one tray.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy, then beat in the egg and vanilla essence.
- Stir in the flour and make sure to mix well until the mixture forms a dough. It’s useful to use your hands to combine the dough when it gets to that ‘a spoon isn’t going to work here’ point.
- Roll small balls of the dough in your hands and toss them in the oats/coconut making sure they’re quite well coated.
- Place the biscuits on a baking tray and press half a glace cherry on top. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, I usually take mine out after ten even in they still feel a bit soft as they’ll harden a bit outside of the oven!
- Enjoy! I prefer to eat mine straight out of the oven when they’re warm, but thats just because I’m greedy!
Would you guys like to see more baking posts on my blog in the future? I’d love to do some! I hope you enjoyed todays blogmas post and I’ll see you all with another one tomorrow!