Currently my partner has been struck down with this nasty cold thats doing the rounds, already had my share so hoping not to re-catch it!
On Friday night I decided to keep out of his way and spend some quality time with the kitchen, to make some early Christmas biscuits. I took my favourite whipped shortbread recipe from my Baking Book, split the base mix and now have two new favourites!
Cherry topped Coconut shortbread
60g Plain flour
25g Unrefined icing sugar
2 tbsp descicated coconut
2 glace cherries, diced up
1) Pre-heat the oven to 180 / 160 fan. Beat the icing sugar and butter until creamy and light
2) Beat in the flour and coconut, roll into walnut shell sized balls, place on a lined baking sheet, place a piece of cherry in the middle and flatten using the palm of your hand. These do spread out so allow room between them
3) Bake for approx 8 minutes or until they are just colouring at the bottom, allow to cool for 5 minutes on the tray and transfer carefully to a wire rack.
These are lovely, melt in your mouth biscuits but very fragile so package carefully!
I've also entered these this month over at foodblogga.blogspot.com/2008/11/eat-christmas-cookies-season-2. and mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/2008/11/home-made-christmas-gifts. where you can check out lots of other lovely looking treats this Christmas!