Christmas Bakes, Home Made Gifts

Penguin Biscuits

It’s not long now till you will be awake through the night waiting for Santa Claus to come down your chimney with gifts for you.  Have you been naughty or nice?  I don’t think we get too old to enjoy Christmas, maybe we’re just not looking forward to getting another Barbie or lego set, it will probably be socks, chocolates, wine and gift cards instead???

For guaranteed appreciation, why not give something that’s easy on the pocket, may take a few evenings for you to make but will surely increase waistlines bring smiles this Christmas?  For more of a personal touch and something that can be appreciated by all, dazzle your friends and family by making something special for them!  Here are some home made ideas.

Last year I made these Mince Puff Pastry Pinwheels,  I think I first saw Gordon Ramsay make them a few years before.  Check out this link: Jus Roll Mince Pie Pinwheels and no I didn’t make my own puff pastry!  They take little time and little effort, great as a gift for someone else’s soiree or if you have visitors at short notice, and the smell is divine!  But isn’t the smell of all baking divine???

Mince Puff Pastries

Mince Puff Pastries

The phenonenon that is Cake Pops!  I wasn’t convinced by cake pops until I tried Delish Cake Pops, then I completely understood why people love them!  They look great and taste soooo good!  I found this fantastic video at the weekend of a great cake pop tutorial.  You can make them as simple or as creative as you like.  Use any flavour cake and frosting, candy melts can be bought in lots of colours and flavours and an easy way to decorate would be just to dip them in sprinkles.

Hokey pokey/honeycomb- this is great as something light as it has lots of air bubbles in it – great for something after dinner instead of After Eights!  Before pouring it out to cool, you might want to try laying down some nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips for additional flavour and naughtiness!  Why not add a teaspoon of your favourite vanilla extract once you’ve added the bicarbonate of soda?  Gosh, you could even make a cake then make thin layers of honeycomb in cake tins and fill a cake with honeycomb instead of buttercream! Imagine that!  Or, or, or, add some black colouring gel so it resembles coal, something for the naughty children!  I digress, here’s Nigella with the ‘How to’:

Decorated sugar cookies, these are soooo cute and beautiful and Christmasy!  Sugarbelle has been spreading some Christmas love on lots of blogs and has some great ideas and I think she has more ideas to come from her blog post!  Her photography led tutorials make it very simple to create wonderfully decorated biscuits.

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

I hope this inspires you to try something new this year, I will continue to look for Christmasy inspiration too!  Remember to check out my YouTube Channel for more tutorials.

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