Recipe for easy peasy Christmas Cookies – the perfect snack for Santa!

Ingredients
350g flour
2 tbsp cocoa
¼ tsp bicarb
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
100g dark chocolate chips
100g fruit cake mix (sultanas, citrus peel, raisins, etc.)
150g butter
½ cup golden caster sugar
½ cup treacle sugar
¼ cup golden syrup
1 large egg
½ tsp vanilla extract

How to
Preheat your oven to 180ºC and line a tray with baking paper.

Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarb, cinnamon and ginger into a bowl and mix. Stir in the chocolate chips and cake mix.

Cream the butter, castor sugar and treacle sugar together in a bowl until fluffy. Add the golden syrup, egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.

Add the dry ingredients. Mix everything together until you have a soft dough.

Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces and roll into balls. Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand and arrange on the baking tray. You may need to bake the cookies in two batches.

Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes, turning the tray halfway through the baking time, until the biscuits have risen slightly and are starting to crack on top.

Transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack and allow to cool. Serve warm or cold (and don’t forget to save some for Santa!)

Cook’s tips:
If you can’t find ready made fruit cake mix simply make your own by combining sultanas, raisins, currants and some citrus peel or orange zest.

You can use chopped dark chocolate instead of chocolate chips.

Mix it up by replacing the dark chocolate with white chocolate!

 

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Recipe courtesy of Cupcakes and Couscous – a food blog by Teresa Ulyate