Are you starting to feel Christmassy yet? Well I certainly did last night. My youngest daughter was singing Christmas carols with the school choir in the local church for their annual Christmas concert. It was a lovely evening and I felt so proud of her performing to a church full of people. There’s nothing like singing and listening to Christmas carols to get you feeling festive.
This is undoubtably mine and my children’s favourite school term, next week there is the school nativity play to see and more carol services. Plus, not forgetting the Christmas class parties to supply with goodies, I’ll probably bake a few batches of these incredibly moreish Chocolate and Peppermint Christmas Tree Cookies for my girls to take in. Super chocolatey with a hint of peppermint, I’m sure the kids will love these cute cookies and you too. If you’re not keen on peppermint just leave it out. Otherwise, my top tip is to only add one or two drops of peppermint extract so the flavour is not too over powering.
Here’s my recipe for Chocolate and Peppermint Christmas Tree Cookies.
Ingredients (makes 20 depending on cutter size)
50g golden caster sugar
50g light muscovado sugar
75g unsalted butter (softened)
335g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
75g golden syrup
1 large egg
1½ tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
200g icing sugar
green gel food colour
1 or 2 drops of peppermint extract
silver sugar balls
1. Cream together the butter, golden caster sugar and light muscovado sugar until well combined.
2. Add the flour, cocoa powder, golden syrup, egg, milk and vanilla extract and mix until the mixture becomes a dough.
3. Shape into a flatten ball and place in a plastic food bag then refrigerate for about 45 minutes.
4. Pre heat your oven to Fan 160c and line 2 or 3 baking sheets with baking parchment.
5. Roll out the cookie between two sheets of baking parchment to a thickness of 5mm. I usually cut the dough in half and roll out half at a time as it’s much more manageable.
6. Using a Christmas tree shape cutter (mine measures 8cm in length) cut as many shapes as possible and place on the lined baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining half of cookie dough.
7. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. Once baked remove from the baking sheets and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
8. Once the cookies are cool make the peppermint icing by mixing the icing sugar with just enough water to create a thick spreadable icing. Add a few drops of the green gel food colour to get the desired green colour, then add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint extract and mix well.
9. Using a teaspoon spread a triangle of icing on top of each cookie, then decorate with silver sugar balls. I recommend you decorate 3 cookies at a time, so the sugar balls stick to the icing.
Making Christmas tree cookies has become a real family tradition of ours, I hope you enjoy them too.
Until next time, happy festive baking.
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