Delicious Recipes: Christmas Letters To Santa

Delicious Recipes: Christmas Letters To Santa

Delicious recipes for Christmas are usually quite boring, mince pies, Christmas cake and the like. However, I’ve found a recipe which combines a well-loved Christmas tradition with fun baking too! 

It really is the cutest, most fabulous and easy peasy Christmas recipe to make. Taken from the Baking Mad website, the recipe is for gingerbread biscuits, but these are addressed to Santa at the North Pole! The kids will absolutely love them, it uses ingredients which are easy to find and can be used in general cooking (so the biscuits won’t cost more than buying a pack from the shop, which can sometimes be the case). Trust me, these biscuits will go down a treat with young folk and oldies alike, and can’t possibly go wrong -unless Santa doesn’t respond of course, but then you’re on your own – I take no responsibility!

INGREDIENTS

350g  plain flour

2tsp ginger

2.5tsp cinnamon

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

130g butter (unsalted)

180g unrefined dark muscavado sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp golden syrup

FOR THE DECORATION

Apricot jam

Red sugar paste icing

White sugar paste icing

Writing icing

HOW TO BAKE

Put the flour, cinnamon, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into your mixing bowl. Blend the butter in, until it turns into a breadcrumb type consistency.  Stir in the sugar until evenly distributed.

Whisk the eggs and golden syrup in a separate bowl, adding the rest of the ingredients until you have a dough. Remove from the bowl, knead until you can form the dough into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and leave to sit for about 15minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180c, 160c fan, 350f gas mark 4.

After 15minutes or so, roll out the dough and cut into rectangle ‘letter’ shapes. Place on the baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool .

Roll out the white and red sugar paste icing and cut into similar sized rectangles to go over the biscuits, once they’ve cooled. Use some apricot jam as your glue, once the biscuits have cooled to stick the icing sugar into place.

To make the back of the envelopes, use a knife to gently make indents into the icing in the shape of two triangles. Cut a small square of red icing and stick in the top right-hand corner as the stamp and use black writing icing to write Santa’s address.

photo credit: baking mad 

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