Crumbly, buttery biscuits drizzled with white chocolate and topped with chopped candy canes. The peppermint from the candy canes is an unusual twist but pairs well with the white chocolate. These make great Christmas presents!
Stollen is loaded with rum and packed with marzipan and fruit and can be made with or without yeast. This version uses regular flour and baking powder as a raising agent and despite the golden brown crust on the outside, the centre was squishy and moist.
Homemade poptarts are a great way to add fruit and another way to sneak Christmas spice in. These pop tarts are filled with apples, pecans and toffee sauce. You can vary the amount of wholegrain/plain flour (keep the total weight the same) and I prefer to use a mixture of apple varieties.
Don’t give these to the reindeer if you expect them to see straight. The pastry has a subtle lemon flavour from the grated zest and is loaded with rum spiked mince pie filling and topped with a wholemeal streusel topping. You can serve these with custard or spiked rum sauce.
A Yule log is just a chocolate swiss roll (which is different from Roly Poly…). The chocolate sponge is light, and it’s filled with chocolate peppermint cream cheese. I made a miniature version of this last year with a different recipe, but this held together much better. Rolling up delicate sponge is easier with a full sized log.
Spiced molasses cookies with chunks of candied peel. These are a cross between a cake and a biscuit – they’re soft, chewy and strongly flavoured with cinnamon.
Pranzer, dancer… erm… rudolph? Names aside, these chocolate chip and peanut cookies have chocolate pretzels for ears and are guaranteed to cause arguments about who get’s the M&M nose.
Somewhere between a flapjack and gingerbread, Parkin is a traditional Bonfire night cake made with more oats than flour and has a strong ginger/treacle taste. It’s best made a few days in advance though so it has time to chill, mellowing before you eat it.
Speculaas are a traditional Dutch spice cookie eaten around the dutch celebration of Sinterklaas. They’re usually made with wooden moulds, but since these are expensive when you’re only making a small batch, you can use regular cookie cutters instead. They use their own blend of spices which gives them a unique taste.