These cookies are there for when things all get a bit much on Christmas day because mum is stressed in the kitchen, dad is already tipsy, grandad is asleep in the chair and grandma has said something inappropriate and everyone is just a bit tense, and it isn’t even midday. What is required is a nice sit down with a cuppa and a few biscuits before the onslaught of the final tasks of the Christmas dinner begin. These are those biscuits, they are there to keep the peace. They are scrummy and were another addition to my Christmas gift hampers this year. They can also be eaten in moments of calm though, fear not!
The recipe for these is from a book by an author I adore, ‘Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe’ by Jenny Colgan. This is the second installment about Issy and her cupcake café, a life I would love to be living. I highly recommend Jenny Colgan’s books but I’ve written many posts mentioning her and I’m planning a 2014 book round up post, so I won’t say too much here. I had this book as an audiobook but had to buy a paper copy to get my hands on all the lovely recipes!
Ingredients: (Makes ~80, 2.5 inch cookies)
- 225 g of butter, at room temperature
- 200 g of sugar
- 235 ml of treacle
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp of sour cream
- 750 g of plain flour
- 2 tbsp of baking powder
- 5 g of baking powder
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1tsp of ground ginger
- A pinch of salt
- 145 g of chopped walnuts
- 145 g of raisins
- 145 g of chopped dates
- Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a few baking trays with baking paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add the treacle, egg and sour cream and mix until well combined.
- Stir in the dried fruit and spices.
- Sift in the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix as well as you can and then get your hands dirty and knead the mixture into a dough.
- Wrap the dough in clingfilm and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface, I’d say about 5 mm thick and cut out your cookies.
- Place them on your baking trays and bake in batches for 12-15 minutes (unless your oven is enormous, you’ll never get them all in in one go).
- Let them cool on a wire rack and then enjoy! To assist in the peacekeeping theme, I’d recommend making these before Christmas day is upon you; as I fear if you announce you want the oven on the big day, you might not survive the ordeal.