Blogmas Day 9 - DIY Christmas Treats

Hello Everyone!
It's Kat here with a new post on DIY Christmas Treats. 
I am all about trying to stay healthy, however Christmas time is an exception. I think that Christmas is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to festive goodies! (Besides, you have new years resolutions afterwards to set new goals and be strict with yourself. So enjoy eating sweet treats while you can!)

Candy Cane Forest

This delicious drink is simply a combination of pink lemonade, a candy cane and an ice cream float. With the almond butter fudge, it is the perfect Christmas treat!

Almond Butter Fudge

This almond butter fudge reminds me of the secret layer of marzipan, hidden within a Christmas Cake! All you need to do is put 2 cups of regular white sugar and half a cup of milk in a pan and boil for 2 and a half minutes (whilst stirring). Then take it off the heat and add 1tsp of vanilla extract and 3/4 cup of almond butter. Stir the mixture well and pour it into a greased baking tray/oven dish. Let this cool for half an hour, an then chop up the fudge. This is the easiest way to make festive fudge in almost no time!

Glass Biscuits

Making biscuits always reminds me of when I was little and I used to make them after school with my sister. These biscuits are super cute because they have little coloured windows, and they look so pretty when you hang them up!

175g Plain flour
100g soft(ish) butter
50g sugar (caster or white)
3-5 tsbp water

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (gas mark 6)
Rub together the butter and flour until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and 3tbsp of water. Mix this together with a wooden spoon and then work into dough with your hands. (Make sure to wash them first!). More water can be added if the dough is too dry and cracks, and if it is too wet then add a tiny bit more flour. You will know when the consistency is right because you should be able to mould and shape it easily, but no dough should stick to your fingers.
Once you are happy with the dough, kneed it for 5 minutes until it is ready to roll! Flour your work-surface and place the dough on top, then roll out the dough until it is as thick as a 1 pound coin. Use festive biscuit cutters to cut different shapes of the dough. Use a smaller cutter to cut a shape out of each biscuit so that there is a window in the middle.
Place all of the biscuits on a baking tray that has been lined with greaseproof paper and place a boiled sweet in the middle of each window. If the window is too small, then the boiled sweet will overflow, but if it is too big then the sweet won't spread out and fill in the hole. If this is the case then you can crack a sweet in 2 to put in the smaller windows and add another one to the bigger windows.
Place the tray in the oven and leave them for 15 minutes until they are very slightly golden on the top and the sweets have spread out and filled the windows. Take them out of the oven, leave them to cool for 15 minutes and then you are done! You can put them in paper bags and tie them with Christmas ribbon to give as gifts. You can put them in a jar and place it in the centre of your table. You can even hang them up and use them as Christmas decorations! (But eat them before they go stale).

Chocolate and Coconut Snowballs

To make these yummy coconut and chocolate snowballs, mix 3/4 cup of sugar with 1/2 a cup of soft butter and then add 3 tbsp cocoa powder and 1tsp vanilla essence. Gradually stir in 1/2 a cup of flour. Add 1-2tsp of water and then set in the fridge for half an hour.
Then roll the mixture into small snowballs and coat in sweetened/dried coconut shavings. Again, you can wrap them in a bag and give them to friends and family, but I just prefer to eat them because they are so delicious!

Christmas in a Mug!

This is the perfect Xmas hot chocolate recipe that will make you feel both cosy and festive! Here is the link to a previous blog post on how to make it:

Thank you for reading. I hope you have fun making these Christmas treats, and I will be back with another Christmas post on the 11th.

See you next time,
Kat xxx


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