Easy Christmas Sweet Treats for the Whole Family

Image Credit: It's Always Autumn

The Christmas season is the perfect time to make some tasty favourites. There’s something festive about a home that smells of freshly-baked sweet treats. These easy recipes are perfect for getting everyone involved! The hard part? Not eating the cookies hot from the oven…

Gingerbread People

Image Credit: BBC Good Food
Image Credit: BBC Good Food

Make your own gingerbread men, women and children with this easy recipe! It’s a festive favourite. Get creative with decorations – try making your family!

Ingredients

  • 350g plain flour, with extra for dusting
  • 175g dark muscovado sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 85g golden syrup
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinammon
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • To decorate: writing icing and small, colourful sweets

Method

  • Melt the sugar, golden syrup and butter in a pan, then bubble for 1-2 minutes. Leave to cool for around 10 minutes.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and gently knead until smooth and streak-free.
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and soften at room temperature.
  • Heat oven to 200°c/180°c fan and line two baking trays with parchment.
  • Roll the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin and use a cutter for the ‘gingerbread person’ shape. Re-roll excess dough and cut again.
  • Bake the biscuits for 1-12 minutes, swapping the trays halfway through.
  • Allow the biscuits 5 minutes to cool before placing them on a wire rack
  • Decorate the biscuits using the icing and sweets! Let dry for 1-2 hours.

Read the full recipe here.

Christmas Cookies

Image Credit: All Recipes UK
Image Credit: All Recipes UK

This classic recipe is simple to make and the perfect base to creating your own icing masterpieces. You can use festive cutters or carefully use a knife to cut out some fun shapes. Think baubles, Christmas trees, stars, snowmen… This recipe makes 4 dozen, so experiment!

Ingredients

  • 470g plain flour
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 225g butter or cooking margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200°c and lightly grease two baking trains or line with parchmant
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt
  • Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one and stir in vanilla
  • Gradually mix in the sifted flour and chill the dough for 2 hours.
  • Roll out portions of dough on a floured surface (5mm thick)
  • Use cutters or a knife to create your desired shape.
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes until edges are slightly brown, cool on wire racks.
  • Decorate with icing when completely cool. Let your creativity run free!

Read the recipe over at All Recipes UK.

Stained Glass Window Biscuits

Image Credit: Daily Mail
Image Credit: Daily Mail

Using the same recipe as above, you can make some beautiful Stained Glass Window Biscuits that also double as decorations! The only extra ingredient is boiled sweets of different colours.

Method

  • Follow the above method, until you have your dough rolled to 5mm.
  • Use a large cutter to create the main shape, with a smaller cutter for the middle, or carefully use a knife.
  • Crush the boiled sweets in separate food bags by colour until they are fine grains. Sprinkle the grains in the middle of each biscuit.
  • Bake until the biscuits are pale gold and the sweets have melted.
  • Leave the biscuits to cool, and use them as tree decorations if you would like!

Check out the Mary Berry’s recipe here.

Christmas Pudding Rice Krispie Cakes

Image Credit: BBC Good Food
Image Credit: BBC Good Food

Another offering from BBC Good Food. These cakes are so simple to make, yet so effective! They’ll brighten up any Christmas dinner.

Ingredients

  • 50g Rice Krispies (or any rice pops)
  • 100g milk chocolate, broken up
  • 80g white chocolate
  • 50g butter
  • 30g chopped raisins
  • 30g mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter (optional)
  • ready-made icing holly leaves like these.

Method

  • Melt the butter, milk chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallows on a low heat until the marshmallows are just starting to melt.
  • Pour over the rice pops and raisins, stir until well coated.
  • Line an egg cup with cling film and press a tablespoon of mixture firmly inside.
  • Remove the mixture and place the ball in a cake case, flat-side down.
  • Repeat with the remaining mixture and chill until firm.
  • Melt the white chocolate (either in the microwave or over a pan) and spoon over the top of each pudding.
  • Place the holly leaves on top for decoration.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

Image Credit: It's Always Autumn
Image Credit: It’s Always Autumn

Everyone loves Rice Krispie treats, so here’s another festive treat!

Ingredients

  • 200g marshmallow
  • 100g Rice Krispies (or any rice pops)
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of green food colouring
  • Mini Reece’s Cups as stalks (or a similar chocolate)
  • Mini Smarties/M&Ms to decorate

Method

  • Melt the marshmallows, golden syrup and food colouring together.
  • Stir in the Rice Krispies
  • Form the mixture into cones and stick the decorations on (if the mixture is too cool to stick, use a little icing)
  • For a star you can use chocolate, icing or a flattened Starburst!

Microwave Truffles

Image Credit: Sainsbury's
Image Credit: Sainsbury’s

A truffle you can make in the microwave? A truffle you can make in the microwave! This super easy recipe is quick, fuss-free and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 250g dark chocolate, broken up
  • 200g smooth milk chocolate
  • 50g smooth white chocolate
  • 200ml double cream

Method

  • Put the cream and dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second bursts until melted, stirring in between.
  • Remove once fully melted and stir until smooth.
  • Cover with clingfilm and cool in the fridge for 2-3 hours until firm.
  • Remove from the fridge and soften for 20 minutes at room temperature
  • Line a tray with baking paper
  • Using a teaspoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into balls on the tray.
  • Melt the milk chocolate
  • Using a fork, dip and coat the truffles in the melted chocolate and set in the fridge.
  • Once set, melt the white chocolate and drizzle over the set truffles.

Read the full recipe here!

So there you have it! I’m hungry just looking at these! Which one will you be trying? What’s your go-to Christmas recipe? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to show us your bakes!

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