So have you seen the Waitrose Christmas advert? We love the story of little Ellie, the reluctant baker, who ends up mastering the art of gingerbread baking for her school fete.
Waitrose have challenged me to get involved with their #bakeitforward campaign, to spread a little love and Christmas cheer to some people I really care about by baking them a special treat. I love decorating biscuits, it’s so Christmassy – so here are my cute little chocolate Christmas tree biscuits. This dough is perfect for cutting out shapes as it doesn’t spread in the oven – it’s really easy to make too.
You will need:
100g caster sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
200g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Firstly, grease and line a baking sheet, or use a non-stick reusable sheet like Bake-o-glide.
Preheat your oven to gas 3/160 degrees C
Beat the butter and sugar until it’s pale and fluffy, then beat in the golden syrup (dip the measuring spoon in boiling water first).
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa and bicarb and then carefully mix it into the butter mixture. It’s easiest to use a fork initially, then just get busy with clean hands. Bring it together into a dough (it’s a bit crumbly, but don’t worry, it will hold together).
The best way to roll it out is between two sheets of clingfilm. It should be about 1/2 cm thick. Now just cut out the dough with your tree cutter (or use anything you have, or just cut it into squares if you like).
Pop the tray into the oven for about 15 minutes. It won’t look like the dough has changed colour but it will be firmer to the touch. Allow to cool and then get busy with your decorating ingredients. I melted some white chocolate, piped it onto the biscuits and used all sorts of different sparkles and stars:
So, in the spirit of #bakeitforward, these are for you my lovely friends Laura, Tara, Liz and Erica (who always have time for me, love me even though I’m a bit weird, and make me laugh until I cry). If you’d like to join in, bake something for someone special and tag them using #bakeitforward on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Go on, make someone smile.