If you would like to personalise your own Christmas gifts this year, why not make some edible gifts for friends and family? This will spare you from the mayhem of the shops at this time of year and is lighter on your pocket! There are lots of ideas and recipes in my book “Perfect Parties” for edible gifts such as jars of red onion marmalade, homemade granola, fool-proof macaroons, homemade chocolate fruit mince and mince pies, iced cookies etc. The following is a recipe for my Gran’s melting moments. So delicious sandwiched with buttercream icing, Swiss meringue buttercream, chocolate ganache or even some delicious preserve….
Makes 12 sandwiched or 24 single These are perhaps the easiest cookies to make, and are perfect if you are crunched (pun intended!) for time. The chocolate dip makes them extra special, but you can add jam or cream cheese icing – the choice is yours! Double the recipe if you want to make them as gifts. You’ll need: 125g butter (preferably unsalted) 28g icing sugar 28g cornflour (Maizena) 140 cake flour Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Melt the butter, then add the icing sugar, cornflour and cake flour. Mix together well, using your hands, until the mixture forms a dough. Take a heaped teaspoonful of the dough at a time and roll into walnut-size balls. Place each ball on the prepared baking sheet and flatten with a fork dipped into icing sugar. Bake for about 15 minutes. Do not let them brown. Cool the biscuits on a cooling rack. For vanilla-flavoured biscuits, add 5ml vanilla extract to the melted butter before adding the dry ingredients. The chocolate dipping… Melt 200g of chocolate in a double boiler. Dip the cooled biscuits in the chocolate, then place carefully onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper until the chocolate sets.
Photographs taken from the book “Perfect Parties”