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Tasty Christmas Gifts

It would be difficult to find many people who don’t love to indulge in a few (or a lot!) of sweet treats at Christmas time.

The wonderful thing about Christmas treats is that not only are they perfect to serve at any kind of Christmas celebration, they also make for great Christmas gifts too. A gift we are sure that almost anyone would be pleased to receive. What’s not to love about a Christmas gift that looks amazing but also tastes amazing too?

We’ve gathered together a few of our favourite Christmas treat gifts that you can create and give to friends, work colleagues, teachers or anyone else that deserves a delicious Christmas gift.

Christmas Stars

These tasty treats are perfect for a Christmas gift with their popular Christmas coloured red and white layers. Bundle them beautifully in a cellophane bag or pretty gift box and tie with festive, colourful ribbon or twine for a gorgeous little package.

Prep: 0:30 Mins
Cook: 0:15Mins
Serves: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g Original Salted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • Red food colouring
  • 2 1/3 cups (350g) plain flour
  • 80g Original Salted Butter, extra, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (120g) icing sugar
  • Icing sugar, extra, to dust

METHOD

Step 1

Preheat oven to 170C. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and caster sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Divide mixture in half. Add a few drops of red food colouring to 1 portion and mix well.

Step 2

Divide the flour between the portions and use a non-serrated knife in a cutting motion to mix until a soft dough forms. Bring each dough together and flatten into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 15 mins or until firm enough to roll.

Step 3

Roll out 1 dough portion between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Use a 6cm star cutter to cut out stars, re-rolling when necessary. Repeat with remaining dough portion. Place on the lined trays. Bake for 15 mins or until golden underneath. Cool on trays for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 4

Use an electric mixer to beat extra butter and icing sugar until pale and creamy. Divide the icing in half. Add a few drops of red food colouring to 1 portion and combine. Place in separate small piping bags fitted with a small star nozzle. Pipe white icing onto half the red biscuits. Top with the remaining red biscuits. Repeat with red icing and plain biscuits. Dust lightly with extra icing sugar.

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Christmas Wreath Biscuits

Christmas Wreath Biscuits tick all the boxes. They look great, they taste great, they make a fantastic Christmas treat gift and you can hang them as gorgeous Christmas decorations too!

Prep: 30 Mins
Cook:
1:00 Hr
Serves:
32

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups (335g) plain flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup (45g) rice flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 200g Cadbury baking 70% cocoa dark chocolate, chopped
  • Rainbow pearls, to decorate
  • 225g Cadbury real white chocolate melts, melted

METHOD

Step 1

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, vanilla and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the combined flour and spices and stir to combine.

Step 2

Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Roll each portion between 2 pieces of baking paper to 3mm thick. Place in the fridge for 15 mins or until firm.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 150C. Use a 7-8cm fluted cutter to cut wreath shapes from 1 dough portion. Use a 4cm fluted cutter to cut centres from biscuits. Use a skewer to make a hole in the top of each wreath. Transfer baking paper with wreath biscuits to baking trays. Bake for 20 mins or until pale golden. Set aside to cool on trays for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Step 4

Place the biscuits on baking trays lined with baking paper. Place dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until melted. Spoon into a sealable plastic bag and snip off 1 corner. Drizzle dark chocolate over half the biscuits. Decorate with rainbow pearls. Place in fridge for 30 mins or until chocolate sets. Repeat with melted white chocolate, pearls and remaining biscuits. Thread ribbon through holes.

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Mini Christmas Puddings

Get the kids involved with this one. These Mini Christmas Puddings are super simple to put together and they certainly look festive! Perfect for them to give to their friends at Christmas time.

Prep: 0:15Mins
Cook:
0:05 Mins
Serves:
12

INGREDIENTS

  • 100g white chocolate melts
  • 12 Arnott’s Royals chocolate biscuits
  • 12 Jaffas
  • Spearmint leaves, cut into smaller leaves

METHOD

Step 1

Place the white chocolate melts into a heatproof bowl. Microwave on Medium/50% power, stirring every minute until they are fully melted.

Step 2

Spoon the melted chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and snip one corner of the bag to make a piping bag. Pipe enough white chocolate on top of the biscuits, allow to drip down the side to resemble custard flowing over the pudding.

Step 3

Place a Jaffa on top and a small spearmint leaf each side of the Jaffa and secure in the melted chocolate.

Source Link: https://www.taste.com.au

White Christmas

For a more traditional Christmas treat, you can’t go past this delicious White Christmas slice. A popular choice for many “mature” Christmas treat consumers.

Prep: 2:30 Hrs and Mins
Cook: 0:05 Mins
Serves: 20

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g white chocolate melts
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream
  • 1 cup rice bubbles
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds, roasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried mango
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

METHOD

Step 1

Line a 26cm x 16cm slice pan with baking paper, extending paper at long sides for handles. Place chocolate and cream in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. Stir until smooth.

Step 2

Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour chocolate mixture over dry ingredients and mix to combine. Pour into prepared pan and smooth surface. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hrs, or until set.

Step 3

Using a serrated knife, cut into 20 fingers. Place in gift boxes or cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon.

Source Link: https://www.taste.com.au