The other day I headed to the shops in an effort to finish all of my Christmas shopping. The whole expedition went wonderfully. I was focused, determined and fuelled by coffee. Well maybe I wasn’t 100% focused, because this little unplanned, but severely cute item, jumped into my trolley.
I mean with all the festive cooking that goes on around here, how could I not have a cute Christmas mug and snack plate?
One little festive treat I whipped up to enjoy on my new plate is this super easy and tasty cookie.
The recipe is not new. Last year I posted about the Cookie Jars that I gave to friends and neighbours. You can read about them here.
We so enjoyed these, I have baked them several times throughout the year. But, now that the green and red m&ms are back, I had to make these cookies – Christmas style.
- 1 1/3 cup Plain Flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup christmas m&ms
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup castor sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter (room temp)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 180 deg Celsius (160 deg celsius – fan forced)
- Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and combine
- Add egg, butter and vanilla and mix until the ingredients come together
- Roll heaped tablespoons into balls and place on a lined cookie tray
- Bake 10-12 minutes
**These measurements are Australia metric. 1 cup = 250 mls, 1 tsp = 5 mls
Now it is time to sit back and enjoy one of these while my boys sleep off an active morning at the park. Yum!
I don’t know about you, but the Christmas invitations are coming in thick and fast. While they are lots of fun, it can be hard to think of food that is special, and a little bit different, to take along and share. For one party this week, the boys and I made this Star Biscuit (Cookie) Christmas Tree. The whole thing didn’t take that long to make – with my little short cuts – was lots of fun and looked really effective.
My secret to making this whole project easy was using pre-made gingerbread biscuit dough. I bought mine from the freezer section of Ikea.
Another short cut was using this Christmas Tree Kit that I picked up for a few dollars a few years back at Kmart.
The kit comes with different sized star cookie cutters and the little wooden stand to place the biscuits on. This made the whole thing easy to do, but of course it is not essential should you wish to give this a go yourself. You could print different sized stars on cardboard and use these as a template to cut the dough. Then just stack the biscuit on top of one another, using some icing to keep things from toppling.
We found the Ikea dough to be easy to roll and cut. It baked with little spreading – perfect for our project. We rolled the dough extra thin so the biscuits would be crisp and we weren’t disappointed. They were delicious! It was lucky we even ended up with enough left over after taste testing to even make a Christmas tree!
After stacking the biscuits on the stand there was some debate about how best to decorate the tree. We could have used icing or just a simple dusting of icing sugar, but my 5-year-old was adamant that a drizzle of melted white chocolate and some sprinkles was the way to go.
So in no time the tree was decorated and ready to take to the party. It looked like it took a lot of effort but it was quick and easy. Any fiddly bits of the project were overshadowed by the fun we had when making it.
This will no doubt make an appearance again, but only after a trip back to Ikea to stock up on the delicious gingerbread dough!