OUR FAVOURITE TREATS FOR SANTA

Struggling to decide what treats to leave by the fireplace for Santa this Christmas Eve?

Well let’s face it; Santa must be bored of mince pies by now! Why not surprise him and Rudolph by leaving some of these fun and tasty treats on your hearth.

These recipes are quick and easy to prepare. What’s more, there will be enough for Santa and the chef…well someone needs to make sure they are good enough for Santa!

RECIPE 1: SANTA’S SNOW BALL TRUFFLES

This sweet treat will give Santa the sugar rush he needs to get him through his busiest night of the year. You can stack them up in a glass jam jar and decorate it with ribbons and a name tag.

Ingredients:

Truffles

  • 2 x 154g packets of custard cream biscuits
  • 150g of cream cheese

Coating

  • 200g white chocolate
  • desiccated coconut or chopped nuts

Method:

Line a baking tray with baking parchment and set to one side

Tip the custard creams into a food processor

Blitz until you have fine crumbs

Add the cream cheese and whiz until a ball starts to form

Roll the mixture into 18 – 20 balls (approx. 3cm diameter)

Place on a tray then pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes

Melt the white chocolate in a microwave in 20 second blasts

Stir between blasts until completely melted

Remove the balls from the fridge and dip them in the chocolate

Roll or sprinkle with chopped nuts or coconut.

Return to the fridge for another 20 minutes then serve

RECIPE 2: RUDOLPH’S CARROT COOKIES

Rudolph loves to munch on a carrot or two but we think its time to broaden his palette with these delightful cookies. They make a perfect accompaniment to a chilled glass of milk. Why not display them in a miniature hamper.

Ingredients:

  • 225g margarine or butter
  • 200g sugar
  • 340g golden syrup
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 250g flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 125g grated carrots
  • 170g porridge oats

Method:

Set the oven to 180 degrees C

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Mix in the golden syrup and the egg

Stir in all dry ingredients

Stir in the carrots and oats

Drop tea spoons of the mixture onto a greased baking tray

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes

Cool on a baking rack and serve

 

RECIPE 3: SPEEDY SANTA HAT CUPCAKES

We think Santa will be flattered by this nod to his stylish attire. These cute little cupcakes are super quick to make as you can buy the pre-made un-iced fairy cakes in most supermarkets. All that’s left to do is decorate.

Ingredients:

  • 1 x pack of ready made fairy cakes (un-iced)
  • 1 bag of mini white marshmallows
  • 250g Icing sugar
  • 80g Butter, unsalted and softened
  • 50ml whole milk
  • Red food colouring

Method:

Mix together the icing sugar and butter until light and fluffy

Gradually add the milk until combined

Add the red food colouring and stir well

Spoon the butter cream into a piping bag with a large star nozzle

Carefully pipe a small blob of red butter cream onto each cake

Top off each hat with a mini marshmallow and serve

RECIPE 4: REINDEER DUST CRISPY SQAURES:

There will be no doubt who these delightful treats have been made for. The reindeer dust will guide Rudolph right to them!

Ingredients:

  • 45g butter – unsalted
  • 300g marshmallows
  • 180g of Rice Krispies
  • Edible glitter

Method:

Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat

Add the marshmallows and stir until they have completely melted

Take the pan off the heat and add the Rice Krispies

Mix well

Press the mixture into a brownie tin

Use plastic gloves if it gets too sticky

Flatten it into the tin and sprinkle with edible glitter

Cool before cutting into squares and serving

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL AT ELGIN & HALL