Monday, 12 December 2011

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011 - My cookies.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and nothing made me feel more Christmassy then putting up my tree and baking Christmas biscuits. I did get a sore back from hunching over the kitchen bench decorating 36 biscuits for 3 hours, but Christmas music and good cheer got me through...

I had an idea that I might also make some biscuit ornaments for the Christmas tree. Just some cute little angels or perhaps some mini Christmas trees but to be honest after making over 60 biscuits on Sunday I couldn't think of anything I'd rather not do right now! Luckily I have these cute little ornaments to make up for it! You may ask why on earth I made 60 when I only needed 36? Well, I was in perfectionist mode and chose the best 36 out of the 60. I would of hated to have only made 36 and had some that were burnt or substandard. I did however only decorate 36, I was planning on doing them all but it took a lot longer than I thought. Oh and FYI I sort of hate fondant icing now!

So I made it through the biscuit marathon and ended up with some pretty cute little biscuits. The recipe I followed was from Baking Mad and called for orange extract.

The lovely people over at Baking Mad sent me some Nielsen Massey Orange Blossom water to try. Next time I think I will add a little more as the flavour was quite subtle but it really added a nice orange/citrus kick to the cookies. I have used Nielsen Massey Rose Water before and loved it so had high hopes for the Orange Blossom Water, and I have to say I wasn't disappointing. I will definitely be using it in a few more Christmas bakes this year. I think even some fresh orange zest in addition to the Blossom Water would of been delightful!

Now onto the recipe:

Christmas Orange Biscuits with Fondant Decorations.

I doubled up my ingredients to make more, but I wish I had done it in two batches in hindsight as my food processor was straining at the volume.

  • 140 grams Icing Sugar
  • half tsp Pure Orange Extract
  • 1 Happy Eggs yolk only
  • 250 grams Butter cut into small cubes
  • 375 grams Plain White Flour sieved
  • 1 tsp - spices (I used ginger, cinnamon and ground cloves)
  • Start by popping the icing sugar, orange extract, egg yolk and butter cubes into a food processor and pulse until well combined.

    Add the sieved flour and spices and mix to a firm dough.

    Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for 30mins - an hour.

    Once chilled, roll out (I did this in small batches as it was easier to monitor thickness and make them consistent.) and cut into the desired shapes.

    Bake at 180 for around 15 minutes, keep checking as they went from nicely brown to too brown quite quickly.

    I really hope that everyone enjoyed my biscuits, as always I wish I had done 1000 things slightly differently but they were made with love and I hope that came across.

    I've only recieved two of my packages so far but here they are;
    A great big thank you to the Agagirls for their amazing double chocolate chip cookies made with Green and Blacks (above). These bad boys lasted all of about 15 minutes in my house.

    My second package was from the lovely Tessa from flex your food these little mint chocolate biscuits were lovely. The mint flavour was very strong so I couldn't eat too many but they were gorgeous.

    Lastly a great big blogger hug and thank you to Julie & Lindsay for organizing this fantastic cookie swap! Was a pleasure to take part.



    1. I'm going to be making a batch of christmas biscuits this coming weekend. These look perfect!

    2. The cookies look amazing! I cant believe you made 60 and planned to decorate them all! I'm sure they were very well received


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