Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hand made Christmas Challenge......

Blogtober 9th

This week I thought I'd share some of my favourite biscuit\cookie recipes. I love to bake up a whole lot of different biscuits and package them up in nice tins or cellaphane bags with cute ties and give them out at Christmas to my friends. They all seem to like them, especially the non cooks amongst them. I have a growing collection of cookie cutters so it is fun to make lots of different shapes and give a nice mix in my packages.

Our Favourite Gingerbread
Every family probably has a family recipe for gingerbread, so here is mine.

125gr butter
1\2 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2 1\2 cups plain flour(sifted)
1 tsp bicarb soda (sifted with flour)
3 tsp ginger (grated\crushed fresh or powdered)
2 1\2 tablespoons golden syrup

Cream butter, sugar and golden syrup, add egg yolk, beat well to combine. Add ginger, mix. Gradually add dry ingredients, mix well. If dough is too soft to handle, cover with cling wrap and put in fridge for a while to firm up. Knead lightly , roll out and cut out cookies in what ever shapes you want. Cook in moderate oven for 10 minutes ( about 180 degrees C on my oven).
Cool on tray.

Our Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies

125gr butter
1 cup sugar ( mostly brown sugar, topped up with a bit of white sugar)
1 egg
1 3\4 Self Raising flour
1\2 bag choc chips

Cream butter, sugar. add egg, beaten in gradually. Sift flour in, mix well. add choc chip mix.
Shape into smallish balls, flatten slightly on trays. cook in moderate oven ( 180 degrees) for 10 minutes. Cool on trays. ( delicious still warm!)

Crispy Coconut Biscuits
125gr butter
1 cup castor sugar
2 eggs
2 cups Self Raising Flour
1 cup coconut
1\4 cup sugar, extra

Cream butter, sugar, add eggs beat till combined. Stir in sifted flour, stir in coconut. roll into balls, dip on side in extra sugar and bake in hot oven ( about 190 -200 degrees in my oven) for 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool on tray.

1 cup rolled oats
1cup plain flour
1cup sugar
125 gr butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1\2 tsp bicarb soda
1 tablespoon boiling water

Combine dry ingredients in bowl. Combine butter and goldensyrup in saucepan, stir over gentl heat till melted. mix bicarb soda and water, add to melted butter, then add this mixture to dry ingredients, stir to combine. Place spoonfuls of mixture on trays. cook in slow oven (150 degrees)
for 20 minutes. cool on trays.

I have more to share but I've run out of time today, so will stick a few more recipes up next week. To check out more on the Handmade Christmas Challenge see here at Knicky Knacks.
Have a great weekend!


  1. Great idea. Check out the post from last week's handmade challenge as I posted about a number of gorgeous free downloadable gift tags that you could use for these yummy treats. Nothing like a handmade bicky to put a smile on my dial. Thanks for joining in this week. Trace :)

  2. Yummy bickies, oh, and I love the tins.

  3. Oh your biscuits look sooooo yummy!!!
    lovely recipes too thank you, might try the Gingerbread recipe sometime this coming week :)

  4. I love making custard shortbreads for xmas gifts. I agree, I think they make a lovely gift packaged up in cellophane bags. I'll definitely be giving your gingerbread a go I think.

  5. Thanks for sharing the recipes ... the biscuits look and sound yuuuuuum!!!

    I think handmade gifts are the best (to both give and receive).

  6. Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  7. Jules, don't forget to add your link to the Handmade Post so everyone can head on over and check out your gorgeous baking delights.

  8. I love handmade biccies as christmas gifts!
    gingerbread is always a favourite here aswell.


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