Guys, in case you didn’t realise… it’s CHRISTMAS tomorrow! How exciting. I’m spending today travelling for seven hours to Scotland, where my Step Grandparents live, to be with my Dad and Step-mum’s side of the family. It has been a few years since I last visited Scotland, but I cannot wait to experience it once again… this time with my boyfriend Darryl by my side. With Christmas looming, I thought it was about time I posted a festive recipe that perhaps you could spend this Christmas Eve having a go at yourself.
Although I tend to be on a health kick the majority of the year, the two or three weeks surrounding Christmas are a complete write off. A big part of Christmas for me is eating and drinking copious amounts off everything in sight. What is Christmas if you have a single mince pie? Make it three! Not only do I enjoy this time of year as I allow myself to indulge, it also really inspires me to get back in the game as soon as January hits. My exercise however won’t stop, I’m really enjoying my evening runs and plan to continue that, whilst also going on family walks around the chilly highlands whilst we’re there for Christmas and Boxing Day.
If you’re struggling to feel Christmassy, have a go at baking these delicious Sparkling Vanilla Christmas Cookies as my Mum and I did on Sunday. Though please excuse the poor icing, neither of us are artists… clearly. They do however taste pretty freaking incredible.
For the cookies:
140g icing sugar, sieved
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
250g butter, cut into small cubes
375g plain flour, sieved
For the icing:
200g icing sugar, sieved
Edible food colouring, optional
Edible gold and/or silver balls
- Tip the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl, then stir together with a wooden spoon (or pulse in a food processor until well combined). Add the flour and mix to a firm dough. Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in cling film. Chill for 20-30 mins. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of two £1 coins. Cut out Christmassy shapes (use a cutter if you like) and place on the baking sheets. Using the tip of a skewer, cut a small hole in the top of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 mins until lightly golden.
- Lift the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cold water to make a thick, but still runny icing. Colour with edible food colouring, if you like. Spread it over the cooled biscuits and decorate with edible balls.
You can find the original recipe here. Let me know how they turn out if you decide to make them!
Finally, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful and fun filled few days. Ho ho ho…