This year we're planning on giving out homemade sweets (I'm hoping my family don't make it on here to read this before Christmas!) so I spent this morning playing in the kitchen trying out various sweet recipes. My husband was in truffle heaven as he was the official taste tester for each flavour (I was the official 'lick the bowl'er). Candied citrus peel = fail but honeycomb truffle = amazing! It 's the first time I have ever made honeycomb, I can't believe how simple it was - I used this recipe if you're interested in trying it out yourself. I'll share the truffle recipe once I have perfected it :)
Whilst I don't have any truffle recipes to share yet, I had to share these delicious biscuits from Cake Days. I had never heard of snickerdoodles but they are full of cinnamony cakey goodness. These are going to be on hand for our night of present wrapping.
60g unsalted butter
160g caster sugar
1/4tsp vanilla essence
1 large egg
240g plain flour
3/4tsp cream of tartar
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2tbsp caster sugar
1tbsp ground cinnamon
1) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add the egg and vanilla essence, mixing until well combined.
2)Sift together the remaining ingredients and gradually add to the mixture until the dough comes together, forming a smooth ball. Place in bowl, cover with clingfilm and chill for 40 minutes.
3) Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius (325 F) and line two baking sheets.
4) Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the coating. Break off walnut-sized pieces of dough, roll in the coating and place on the baking sheet. I found these didn't spread much during baking so flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
5) Bake until they are light golden, approximately 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.