Festive baking at home

Christmas is just around the corner and nothing says Christmas like Christmas cookies. Try someof these fabulous recipes put together by Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands pastry chef Jimmy Aquilina, recipes you can easily make with your kids to get into the festive sprit.

DSC_9424Cinnamon biscuit

INGREDIENTS

  • 225g flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • Few drops vanilla essence
  1. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, beating as you go along.
  3. Add the vanilla essence.
  4. Add the flour and cinnamon and fold in.
  5. Knead the dough until soft and allow to rest for 30 mins.
  6. Turn onto a floured surface and roll until ½ cm thick. Cut out Christmas shapes for the cookies.
  7. Bake for 10 mins in a 180°C oven and decorate with royal icing and silver deagees once cooled.

DSC_9415Gingerbread men

INGREDIENTS

  • 175g flour
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g sugar
  • 65g butter unsalted
  • 30ml golden syrup
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Pinch of salt

1. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy
2. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined.
3. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.
4. Turn onto a floured surface and knead the dough until soft and pliable. Cover in cling film and allow to rest for 30 mins.
5. Roll the dough out until about 4mm thick and cut men shapes out of the dough sheet.
6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 10 mins.
7. Once cooled, decorate the gingerbread men using royal icing and Smarties.

DSC_9421Star Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 grated lemon rind
  • 300g flour
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Beat the butter and sugaruntil pale and creamy.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, beating as you go along.
  3. Add the lemon rind.
  4. Add the flour and fold in.
  5. Knead the dough until soft and allow to rest for 30 mins.
  6. Turn onto a floured surface and roll until ½ cm thick. Cut out star shapes with a cookie cutter.
  7. Bake for 10 mins in a 180°C oven and decorate with royal icing and hundreds of thousands once cooled.

DSC_9422

Rounded chocolate cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 grated orange zest
  • 260g flour
  • 40g cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, beating as you go along.
  3. Add the orange zest.
  4. Add the flour and cocoa powder and fold in.
  5. Knead the dough until soft and allow to rest for 30 mins.
  6. Turn onto a floured surface and roll until ½ cm thick. Cut out round shapes with a cookie cutter and make a small hole in the centre.
  7. Bake for 10 mins in a 180°C oven and decorate with royal icing and jelly tots once cooled.
  8. Thread some round biscuits and star biscuits with a ribbon and tie both ends.

Jimmy Aquilina