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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Treats // Holidays With Hannah

Day 16 of my Holidays With Hannah Series!
I found some amazing recipes and treat ideas online and I thought I'd share them with you!

Christmas Cookies

I found this recipe on the all recipes website and I've use it many times. It's a very simple recipe making it brilliant for beginners and children and it means you can go overboard with decorating! 

Ingredients (Makes 4 Dozen):
- 450g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 225g butter or cooking margarine
- 300g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 dessert spoon vanilla extract

Preparation - 20 Minutes
Cook - 8 Minutes

1) Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas Mark 5 and lightly grease two baking trays.

2) Sift flour, baking powder and salt together; set aside.
3) In a large bowl; cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted flour until evenly mixed. Cover dough and refrigerate for 2 hours.
4) On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of dough to half a centimeter thickness. Cut out tree, bauble or christmassy shape using a knife or cookie cutter.
5) Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven or until the edges are barley brown. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool. When cool decorate how you like!

 Pictures courtesy of the all recipe website.

Oreo Snowman

I originally saw a YouTuber do this before rediscovering the recipe on Pinterest. These are candy coated Oreo's with a Snowman face.

- Oreo Cookies (Double Stuffed)
- Cake Pop Sticks
- Vanilla Quick Melt Candy Coating
- Orange Tic-Tacs (Cut In Half)
- Black Icing

1) Insert the cake pop stick into the middle of the Oreo, applying pressure until it's secure and the cookie doesn't break. 
2) Melt the vanilla candy coating according to the packets instructions. Drizzle the candy coating onto the Oreo, wait to dry then flip and apply to the other. Dipping the Oreo will result in it falling off!
3) When waiting for one side to dry, place the Oreo on wax or parchment paper so it doesn't stick.
4) Before the candy coating has completely cooled, add half an orange tic-tac for the nose but allow to cool before adding the black icing for eyes and mouth as it can end up being runny. Then your done!

Christmas Rice Krispy Treats

I found this on Positively Splendid; basically these are rice krispy treats that are dyed green and shaped like Christmas trees but I think these are very quick and effective treats to make. 

- Rice Krispys
- 3 Tablespoons Of Butter
- White Marshmallows
- Green Food Colouring
- Lollipop Stick
- Sweets For Decorating

1) Melt the butter and marshmallows together in a microwave safe bowl at one minute intervals or in a pan on the hob. Stir some green food colouring into the mixture, adding it bit by bit to get the desired colour pigment.
2) Whilst that was coming together; place a couple of cups of rice krispys into a bowl; enough to fill a pan.
3) When the mixture is at a thinner consistency; pour it over the rice krispys bit by bit and mix well. After mixing place it into the pan and pop in the fridge to cool for 15 minutes.
4) Once it's cooled cut out tree shapes with a cookie cutter or knife and place onto a plate to start decorating. You can use smarties, jelly tots, m&ms...whatever you fancy. To finish it off push a lollipop stick into the bottom and your done!

As always, thanks for reading...

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