On the way to school yesterday my son sent me into panic mode.  “You know it’s only 5 weeks until Christmas” he announced.  “No way” was my immediate response but when I gave it some thought I realised he was right.  I have so many things on my ‘to do’ list (thanks to Pinterest) so without  wasting another day I decided to make a start on my neighbours gifts.  Every year the kids make something to take over to them so I wanted to try these seasonal cookies.  They were very easy and quick to make and will be perfect for the kids to make nearer the time.  I then spent  a lovely couple of hours making up some pretty boxes ready for the kids to package up their gifts.


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Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes
Total Time : 30 minutes

Yield : 20

  • 150gbutter
  • 150gplain flour
  • 1/2 tspbicarbonate of soda
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50gporridge oats
  • 80g dried cranberries
  • 50gbrown sugar
  • 50gcaster sugar
  • 100gwhite chocolate chunks
  • 1 largeegg yolk

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (356 F).
  2. Melt the butter, and allow to cool.
  3. Sift the flour and the bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the ground almonds, oats, dried fruit, soft brown sugar, caster sugar and the chocolate chunks and mix well.
  5. Mix the cooled melted butter with the egg yolk and pour into the dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
  6. With your hands, form into walnut-sized balls and arrange slightly apart from each other on 2 baking trays.
  7. Using a fork, flatten the biscuits slightly and place in the preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes or until golden.
  8. The cookies will still be soft when you take them out of the oven so allow to cool a little on the trays before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

    Written by : Angela Darroch

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