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Snowman Biscuits

19 Dec

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These biscuits are so easy to make, and undeniably cute and Christmassy. They’re great to make with little ones as they’re so simple, or if you want something lovely and Christmassy to serve up that everyone will love. They’re also really cheap so if you wanted to make them for a party or get-together you could make loads, and with minimal effort on your part – all you need is a reasonably steady hand to ice the faces!

Tip: this recipe does make quite a lot of biscuits (I got thirty), so if you only want a few then halve the recipe.

Makes: around thirty biscuits, as long as you roll them out quite thin (about a quarter of a centimetre).

Cost per biscuit: this depends on how many biscuits you make but if you made thirty it would work out as £0.10 per biscuit (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 140g caster sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g icing sugar
  • White marshmallows (I needed 2 bags of marshmallows to get enough white ones – you can eat all the pink ones whilst you decorate!)
  • Writing icing

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cream together the butter and sugar.

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3) Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

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4) Add the flour, and get your hands in to knead it into a dough.

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5) Sprinkle flour over a clean work surface, and roll out the dough to about a quarter of a centimetre thick.

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6) Use a round cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough, and place them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Roll out and repeat until all your dough is used up.

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7) Bake in the oven for around fifteen minutes, until golden.

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8) Leave on a wire rack until completely cool.

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9) Mix up the icing sugar with water, and ice the biscuits, sticking a white marshmallow onto each for the snowman’s heads.

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10) Use different colours of writing icing to ice faces, bow ties and buttons, and overload on Christmassy cuteness!

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Double Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies

18 Nov

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These are quite possibly the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. They’re rich, decadent and gooey, and we ate half of them straight out the tray before they even made it onto a plate (hence why there aren’t so many in the final pictures!)

This recipe makes quite a lot of cookies so you could cut it in half if you just wanted to make a few, although personally I’d make them all because they’re so good you won’t want to stop eating them.

You can use mini marshmallows instead of normal ones if you can’t be bothered to chop them up, although normal marshmallows are cheaper and I prefer them because you can use bigger pieces.

Tip: white chocolate would be great in these cookies, and would look pretty awesome too. You could also try them with dark chocolate, although that might make them too rich for some tastes.

Makes: around fifteen large cookies, or more if you made them smaller.

Cost per cookie: this depends on how many cookies you make but if you made fifteen cookies it would work out as £0.19 per cookie (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 400g caster sugar
  • 280g butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 100g marshmallows

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cream together the butter and sugar.

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3) Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.

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4) Combine the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda and fold into the mixture.

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5) Break the chocolate into pieces and cut the marshmallows up (I cut each marshmallow into around 5 pieces, but you can do them bigger or smaller if you want to).

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6) Stir the chocolate and marshmallows through the mixture, spreading them as evenly as you can.

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7) Spoon the mixture onto a baking tray, making sure the cookies are well spread out – mine weren’t spread out enough and turned into a giant cookie traybake. Use greaseproof paper if you had it as these are quite sticky and could be a little tricky to get off the tray otherwise!

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8) Bake in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, until the cookies are hard on top (the rest will harden up when they cool) and the marshmallow is starting to go golden. Try not to eat them all at once!

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Chocolate Marble Cake

2 Aug

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I have a major sweet tooth and this is probably my all-time favourite cake. The mixture of vanilla and chocolate means it isn’t too rich and is light and fluffy – it didn’t last two days around my family!

Cost per slice: obviously this depends on how big your slices are! You should be able to get around sixteen slices out of this cake, in which case they would work out as costing just £0.12 per slice, far cheaper than anything you could buy and much tastier too! (Price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 225g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm cake tin, and if you have any available then line the base of the tin with greaseproof paper.

2) Add all the ingredients except the cocoa powder to a large bowl and blend. If you are doing this by hand, cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs one at a time and beat them in too. Fold in the flour, milk and vanilla essence until the mixture is smooth.

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3) Divide the mixture between two bowls and and stir the cocoa powder into one of them. Then use two spoons to put alternate spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the cake tin.

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4) Use a skewer or a fork to swirl the mixture around and create a marbled effect.

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5) Bake for around 45-55 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for around 10 minutes, then remove the cake from the tin and place it on a cooling rack (or just a plate if you don’t have one!) to cool.

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Rolo Cookies

25 Jun

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These are a delicious treat to make when you fancy something sweet, and they’re not too expensive to make either – far cheaper than buying a packet of fresh cookies in the supermarket!

I used a 50-50 mixture of rolos and milk chocolate in order to make the recipe cheaper, as the rolos are the most expensive part, but you could use just rolos if you wanted to make the cookies even tastier.

Tip: if you don’t have soft brown sugar it’s fine to just use caster sugar to replace it.

Makes: this entirely depends how big you make your cookies. I made mine huge, and I got eleven, but if you made them a bit smaller you could easily get 15+ cookies out of this mixture.

Cost per cookie: again, this depends how big you make them and so how many cookies you get out of the mixture. If you make fifteen cookies, that works out as 26p per cookie (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 350g unsifted flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g (4 packets) rolos
  • 200g milk chocolate

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 190C.

2) In a bowl combine the butter, caster sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Beat in the eggs.

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3) In another bowl mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Gradually stir this into the butter, sugar and eggs mixture.

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4) Break the chocolate into little pieces and stir it into the mixture. Cut the rolos in half and add them too. If you keep them in the fridge first they’re easier to cut in half because the caramel won’t be runny.

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5) Split the mixture into cookie-sized amounts and place on a baking tray, making sure to space them well apart – further apart than mine in the picture if you’re making huge cookies too! Make sure to grease the baking tray, and if you have greaseproof paper use it, as the caramel in the rolos can make the cookies quite sticky and a little difficult to get off the tray.

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6) Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or until golden.

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7) Leave the cookies on the baking tray until completely cool before removing. If, like mine, your cookies have turned into cookie traybake then cut them apart whilst they’re still warm, but leave to harden on the tray.

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8) Try not to eat all of them in one go!

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