Full of spices and decorated with cranberries, white chocolate & pistachios these Christmas Wreath Biscuits are perfectly beautiful & super easy. Go bake.
This week marks the official countdown to Christmas for me as I’m heading off to school later to watch my youngest in her Nativity play. Yikes, that means it’s nearly the end of term. And that means I’m nearly out of time to finish off all the secret things I need to do to make things wonderful for my little people. I’d better get a wriggle on.
But, forgetting about the ‘must do’ list for a few more moments and getting back to Nativity plays and all the wonderful things to enjoy around Christmas-time, I have to talk about home baking. I’ve been getting my girls to help a lot this year. We made the Christmas pudding weeks ago. And last weekend we ticked off the mince pies – they’re in the freezer ready to bake when we want them. We’ve also been doing all the usual traditions associated with Christmas baking – making wishes as they stir the Christmas pudding, exclaiming ‘erghh Mummy, that’s gross’ when I tell them that the original mince pie – made way back in the 13th century – would have included a mixture of meat, fruit and spices. Christmas baking is definitely great fun, especially when you can get others to take part with you.
Anyway, pudding done, mince pies frozen, all that’s left to do is the sausage rolls. By tomorrow evening I’ll have a batch safely stashed away in the deep-freeze. This feels weird – I’m never this organised. However, I’m not one to knock a golden opportunity. And the opportunity is that I have enough time to make another batch of these Christmas Wreath Biscuits to really get me into the Christmas spirit. They’re not only full of Christmassy flavours (think spice, citrus, cranberries), but they also look beautifully festive.
Secret: these cookies are actually a bit of a whizz to make. Just don’t tell anybody that bit when they are congratulating you for being so clever in the kitchen and wondering where you find the time to be so clever, especially at this time of year… shhhhh.
The way to perfection with these cookies is to chill them for 30 minutes after you cut them out. This helps them to retain a perfect shape rather than splodging out all over the place as they bake.
I love these Christmas Wreath biscuits, as they are exceptionally crunchy and full of interesting flavours without being too over the top. The drizzle of white chocolate doesn’t overpower the lovely buttery biscuit beneath it. Even my lovely man agrees they are pretty good. And he normally likes his biscuits un-adorned (I got carried away zig-zagging the white chocolate and forgot to leave him a couple of naked biscuits).
These biscuits keep well making them perfect for having on stand-by for unexpected guests or carol singers. Does anybody still get carol singers?
They also make a great gift too – that’s if… if, if, if… you can bear to part with them.