I can’t believe it’s finally Christmas time! I don’t know about you guys, but Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year…. the food, the presents, a fat stranger clothed in red climbing down your chimney… what’s not to love?
Anyway, to get into the Christmas spirit yesterday I decided to make some cinnamon chocolate chip cookies. I was really pleased with the way they turned out and ended up eating all of them (with the help of my brothers) in one day.
To make the cookies a little more festive, I added some red cinnamon sweets to the cookie mix. If you can’t find these , don’t worry, just use some Christmas sprinkles or crushed candy canes instead.
Ingredients – Makes 20
3/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips
cinnamon sweets (optional)
Preheat oven to 180’C / 375′ F.
Mix sugars, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips and cinnamon sweets.
Drop 1 tablespoon of dough onto cookie sheet (make sure to keep cookies about 2 inches apart or they’ll stick together – trust me, I made this mistake).
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are light brown with soft centers. Leave them to cool slightly, then remove and place onto wire wrack.
These creepy cupcakes are the perfect snack for a Halloween Party or just for enjoying while lazing on the couch in your pjs watching a horror movie. Depends on what type of person you are (I happen to be the latter).
For a really Halloween-y look, I suggest dying the batter orange or green, which would look awesome with dark chocolate chips. I had planned to do this, however I realised halfway through the process that I had no orange food colouring. As you can see from the photo below and the batter’s greyish corpse-like colour , my dye-it-purple-instead backup plan failed miserably. That being said, they still tasted delicious!
175g self-raising flour
175g caster sugar
175g softened butter
100g chocolate chips￼
1 tsp vanilla essence
food colouring (optional)
Fondant icing and melted chocolate
Preheat oven to 180’C / 350’F.
Beat butter and sugar together until smooth.
Beat in eggs and flour.
Add vanilla essence, chocolate chips and food colouring.
Mix well and spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
Bake for 15-20 min and leave to cool.
Decorate with skulls, monsters, spiders and cobwebs using fondant icing and melted chocolate.