Tag: christmas baking

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Crinkle cookies are everything you could want in a holiday cookie – They’re deliciously fudgey and chocolatey on the inside, a little sweet and crispy on the outside, as well as festive and pretty!

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This simple recipe for Maltesers fudge is delicious and tasty. It makes the perfect homemade gift and is a great, easy way of getting kids busy in the kitchen.

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A really easy recipe for melted snowman biscuits – a great, fun and simple baking idea kids will love this Christmas time.

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This nutella Christmas tree is one of the easiest things to bake with your kids this festive season. The chocolatey treat makes a great centerpiece for any Christmas party.

Christmas tree brownies

Christmas tree brownies

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes plus 45 minutes baking

Serves: 10



275g (1 ¼ cups) softened butter
375g (1 2/3 cups) caster sugar
4 large eggs
75g (5/8 cup) cocoa powder
100g (7/8 cup) self raising flour
100g plain chocolate chips
For the decoration
200g (2 cups) Icing sugar
Green food colouring

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I’ve seen Christmas tree brownies online and knew I really wanted to make them this festive season. I love brownies (who doesn’t) and this is a really simple way of making them look a bit Christmasy.

We used our favourite brownie recipe so you could use any recipe or a packet mix. Our recipe is delicious and gooey on the inside but a bit crisp on the outside, the way I think brownies should be. It’s also easy to make as you just throw everything into one bowl and mix it all together.


Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 160 Fan and prepare a 30 x 23 cm baking tin

Get your toddler to grease the baking tin. I normally just tear off a corner of the butter packet or some grease proof paper and use that to spread butter in the tin. Once greased, line the base and sides with baking parchment.


Measure out the ingredients

Measure all the ingredients into a bowl. We used a small bowl to weigh everything out in turn and then added them into the mixing bowl. Face the scales towards you so you can see how much is going in and either use a spoon or pour the ingredients in.

Before putting the butter in get your toddler to cut it into small chunks. If it’s slightly softened they should be able to do this with a butter or table (ie not sharp) knife.


Mix everything together

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a large bowl with wooden spoons, mix everything together until it is evenly blended.

Add the chocolate chips

The recipe calls for chocolate chips if you don’t have any, you can use 100g of chocolate chopped into small pieces. Add them to your brownie mixture and give it one final stir.

Make the brownies

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, using a spatula spread the mixture gently into the corners and level the top.

Bake the brownies

Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. It’s cooked when the top of the brownies have a nice crust or you can stick a skewer in the middle and it should come out clean. If it starts to look a bit brown on top, cover loosely with foil for the last 10 minutes.

Make the Christmas trees

Once it’s fully cooled remove the brownie from the tin. Cut into Christmas tree shapes (ie triangles). I cut along the middle and then cut a zig zag to form roughly even triangles. There’ll be a little but left over at the edges.

Decorate the Christmas tree brownies

Get your little ones to help you mix some icing sugar together with a spoon or two of water until it is a little runny. Add the green food colour and mix until you have a nice even colour.

You want the icing to be runny enough to add to your trees but not so runny that it spreads everywhere.

Using a small piping bag or if you don’t have one a small zip lock bag with a tiny hole in the corner, pipe a zig zag of icing from the top of your tree to the bottom.

Get your little ones to add a star on top of the Christmas tree brownies and some sprinkles before it sets.


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super simple christmas tree decorations

Super simple Christmas tree decorations

Edible Christmas tree decorations

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes + 10 minutes baking

Serves: 10

75g butter, softened
115g caster sugar
200g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp mixed spice
To decorate
Writing icing tubes


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Christmas biscuits

These biscuits are really simple to bake and make great Christmas tree decorations. Little ones will also enjoy getting the chance to decorate the biscuits and see them hanging on the tree.


Preheat the oven to 180C / 170C Fan and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar

Get your toddler to measure the butter and cut into small pieces before adding to your mixing bowl.

Weigh the sugar and add that to your bowl.


Using wooden spoons, mix the butter and sugar together until it’s soft and well beaten.


Add the rest of the ingredients

Crack the egg into your bowl. Get your child to measure the flour out along with the baking powder and salt, then add to your bowl.


Mix everything together

We used our hands to rub it all together and then into a nice ball of dough.

Wrap the dough in cling film and pop it in your fridge for half an hour or so to firm up a bit.

Make the biscuits

Get your child to help you roll the mixture out until it is about 1cm thick. If you do it between two sheets of baking paper it will stop it sticking.

Using Christmas shaped biscuit cutters, cut out different shapes and pop them on your prepared baking tray. Use a straw to pierce the top of each cookie to make a hole for the ribbon/thread.


Bake the biscuits

Pop the biscuits in the oven for 8-10 minutes. They’re ready when they are turning golden brown.

Remove the trays from the oven and place the biscuits on a wire rack to cool. If you need to – re-pierce the holes before they harden.

Decorate the biscuits

Give your toddler the writing icing and get them to decorate each biscuit.

Thread each biscuit/Christmas tree decorations with ribbon or thread and hang on your tree.

Christmas tree decorations

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christmas biscuits

Christmas biscuits

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes plus 12 minutes baking

Serves: 12

125g butter, softened
40g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g plain flour
2 tbsp cornflour
¼ tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
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50g each dark and milk chocolate or white chocolate


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Preheat the oven to 170C / 160C fan and prepare a baking sheet

Get your toddler to cover a baking sheet with baking paper.

Mix the sugar and butter together

Get your toddler to measure the butter and sugar and pop them in a bowl or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract. If your child has a relatively steady hand they could do this on their own. If not, they can just help you.

Mix together until the mixture is light and pale. It’ll take a few minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients

Measure the flour into a bowl along with the cornflour, baking powder and salt. Sift it in to your large bowl/mixer and mix together again until it’s smooth and thoroughly mixed.


Pipe your biscuits

Get your child to help you spoon your biscuit mixture into a piping bag with a large star shaped nozzle. Pipe tight s-shaped spirals onto your baking tray. I normally do the first few then as the mixture softens it gets a bit easier to pipe so Hannah has a go. I don’t worry too much about shapes she pipes.


Bake your Christmas biscuits

If you want your biscuits to maintain their shape, pop them in the fridge for 10 minutes before baking them.
Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes or until they’re a pale golden colour. Remove them from the oven and let them cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes or so then carefully move them on to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.

Decorate your biscuits

Get your toddler to help break the chocolate into a bowl. We melted ours in the microwave – giving it short blasts until it was all done. Alternatively, you could do it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring it until it’s smooth.

Pour your sprinkles into a bowl. We got some Christmas coloured one from the baking section of our supermarket.
Dip the underside or the end of each biscuit into the chocolate then dip them in the sprinkles. Hannah enjoyed this part, but be warned – it’s a wee bit messy!

Let them set on baking paper before serving them.

Christmas biscuits

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