Christmas Butter Biscuits – We Should Cocoa and a Cookie Swap
Christmas is traditionally a time for baking biscuits and I usually make the most of it. I tend to make an old favourite or two, but also use the occasion to try out a some new recipes. One of them, this time, was to be Christmas Butter Biscuits.
As well as baking biscuits for friends and family, this year I was involved in a cookie swap. Andrea over at Made with Pink was the instigator of this exciting venture. Basically, a group of food bloggers were allocated a member of the group to bake for and would receive in return cookies from another member. All was to be kept secret until the cookies turned up and the baker was then revealed. I’ve never taken part in anything quite like this before and I really enjoyed both the execution and the anticipation. The “lucky” recipient of my Christmas butter biscuits turned out to be Kevin over at The Crafty Larder.
When I saw these Christmas Tree Cookies over at Kelly Cooks, I knew they were going to the ones I would base my cookie swap on. It’s such a clever but simple idea. They look particularly festive and they have the added bonus of being great fun to make. My Christmas butter biscuits were going to be a bit different, of course. As regular readers will know, I’m not overly keen on using artificial colours and prefer to use natural ones that also have a flavour. I wanted something green for the christmas trees, but couldn’t leave out my favourite chocolate either. We Should Cocoa is all about Christmas this month so I had this very much in mind when planning my biscuits. However, green and brown together seemed a little drab – what a dilemma. In the end, I decided to go all out and make three different doughs: vanilla, chocolate and matcha.
The anticipation of receiving my biscuits grew as the days went by. What would they be? Who would they be from. At last I received a beautifully and carefully wrapped parcel in the post – not a biscuit was broken. Eagerly opened, I found two parcels of biscuits inside along with a Christmas card from Andrea. It just gets better and better. I had a stack of festively stamped sugar biscuits and quite a few large mint chocolate chip & M&M oat cookies. Both were delicious, mint in biscuit form is fairly unusual, so I dived into one of those first. The mint was really refreshing and the cookies delicious. In fact both sets of biscuits were very moreish and not having made them myself, they were particularly enjoyable. Many thanks to Andrea both for organising the cookie swap and for my scrumptious biscuits.
- 250g unsalted butter
- 250g vanilla sugar (I have a jar of golden caster sugar permanently on the go, in which I place any spent vanilla pods) or 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 250g spelt or wholemeal flour - I used freekah flour
- 250g plain white flour
- 2 heaped tsp matcha powder
- 3 heaped tsp cocoa powder
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs, one by one along with the vanilla extract if using.
- Work in the flour until it all comes together.
- Divide the mixture into three.
- Add the cocoa powder to one batch and the matcha to another and work that into the dough.
- Cover each one and leave to chill in a cool place for half an hour or so.
- Roll the doughs out to about the thickness of a £1 coin and cut out circles that are big enough to allow for your chosen shape to be taken from the middle. I used a 7 cm diameter cutter for the stars and a 8 cm diameter cutter for the Christmas trees.
- Place the biscuits on lined baking sheets, then cut our stars, Christmas trees or whatever else you fancy from the middle of the biscuits.
- Transfer the vanilla cut outs into the equivalent shaped holes in the matcha and chocolate biscuits and do the same with the others so each biscuit has a different coloured and flavoured centre.
- Bake at 180C for about 12 minutes or until the biscuits are just starting to change colour.
These also go to Dom over at Belleau Kitchen for Simple Eggcellent.
Other biscuits in this cookie swap
- Baileys and chocolate chunk cookies via Penne for Your Thoughts
- Chocolate crinkle cookies via Baking Queen
- Christmas cookies in a jar via Made With Pink
- Reindeer antler lebkuchen via Supper in the Suburbs