Father Christmas Biscuits
The last few days before Christmas are always crazy-the mad hustle and bustle of all the arrangements and frantic meet ups can frazzle the whole family.
I like to do some calm and focussed activities with the kids, and cooking is perfect. Helping the kids make these deliciously sweet festive cookies for Father Christmas has become a gentle family tradition.
They are scrumptious biscuits to leave out alongside the carrot and mug of milk underneath the stockings on Christmas Eve.
Cooking together is so magical and fun -little aprons, some creative design and a real treat for Santa that they have made themselves.
The recipe below is easy peasy, it makes lovely brown dough that can be moulded into any festive shape they like. Bells, Christmas trees, gingerbread men, angels... and Father Christmas will not believe there is absolutely no artificial sugar in them!
Thank you for following my blog this year, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
love, Philippa xx
65g unsalted butter
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
11/2 tsp ground ginger
150g spelt flour, sieved
1 egg yolk
4 tbsp of honey
30g coconut palm sugar
Beat the coconut sugar and the butter with an electric whisk. Then add the honey, flour, ginger and baking soda and beat them together until you have a soft dough. Put the dough in the fridge for at least an hour, wrapped in cling film.
Once the dough is chilled, roll it out on a floured surface and use cutters to make your shapes. The more you roll and flour, the less sticky the dough becomes. Be patient, it suddenly comes together!
Place the shapes on a lined baking tray and place in the oven at 180 degs. They take between 8-10 minutes - keep checking them.