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The Ultimate Guide to Writing Letters from Santa as a Mom

Santa outside in the snow looking through a window into a house
Image by Bianca Van Dijk from Pixabay

Have you ever wondered how some parents can write such magical letters from Santa for their kids? You may have thought about doing it yourself but need help figuring out where to start. As a mom, you want to create an experience for your child that sparks imagination and wonder, especially around the holidays. But writing a personalized letter in Santa’s script seems impossible between shopping, baking, and everything else on your plate.

Don’t worry, you’ve got this. With a few simple tips, you can compose a heartfelt letter from Saint Nick that will make your child’s Christmas morning. This guide will walk you through everything you need to become Santa’s secret pen pal. From gathering details about your kid’s wish list to perfecting your ho-ho-ho’s, you’ll be crafting holiday magic in no time. So grab a mug of hot cocoa, turn on some festive tunes, and get ready to channel your inner Mrs. Claus. The results will be well worth the effort when you see joy and wonder on your child’s face. Christmas is all about believing, and this year, you get to be one of the reasons why.

How to Make Your Santa Letter Writing Magical

To make this holiday tradition genuinely magical for your little ones, here are some tips:

Set the scene

Create an authentic experience using old-fashioned stationery or recycled paper for your letters. Seal them with a wax stamp or sticker before leaving them for your kids to discover. For extra realism, sprinkle some glitter or crumple the paper a bit.

Envelope sealed with wax stamp

Make it personal

Mention each child by name and include specific details to tailor the letters. Reference their Christmas list requests, accomplishments from the year, or inside jokes you share. Hearing Santa recall memories you have together will fill them with wonder.

Share your “nice list” observations.

Describe the kind acts of goodness you’ve noticed from each child over the year. Letting them know Santa sees and appreciates their positive behaviour and kind hearts will encourage them to continue being on their best behaviour.

Santa's naughty and nice list
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Express excitement for Christmas

Share how eagerly you and the elves have prepared for the big day. Build a sense of anticipation by hinting at a special surprise for each nice girl and boy. Promising Christmas cheer and holiday magic to come will make the season even more special.

Close with holiday wishes

End each letter with a heartfelt wish for peace, joy, and holiday spirit. Invite the children to leave out treats for your hardworking reindeer on Christmas Eve and to get to bed early so you can deliver presents without delay. Your sweet sentiments will help create cherished holiday memories for years to come.

Santa taking a cookie
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Crafting Personalized Letters From Santa for Each Child

As a mom, crafting personalized letters from Santa for your kids is one of the most magical parts of the holidays. To make each letter memorable:

  • Focus on your child’s interests and accomplishments over the past year. Mention a unique talent or hobby, their favourite book or movie, a skill they’ve mastered, or an experience they’ve had. Santa is watching, after all!
  • Share your child’s Christmas wish list with Santa. Let them know which gifts your child is hoping for this year. Of course, remind them that you can only guarantee some things on the list will make it into the sleigh!
  • Include an inside joke or reference that only your child will understand. It helps make the letter extra personal and reinforces that Santa does know them well.
  • Ask your child questions about their life, school, friends, or family. Have Santa encourage them to continue being good boys and girls.
  • Wish them a Merry Christmas, and remind them you’re looking forward to stopping by their house! Let them know you’ve double-checked your list, and they’re on the Nice side.

By including personal details and touching on each child’s interests, you’ll create cherished letters from Santa that your kids will read repeatedly. Make it an annual holiday tradition they’ll never forget.

Child on Christmas eve watching Santa fly by in the sky

Santa Letter Ideas and Templates to Get You Started

As a mom, coming up with creative letter ideas from Santa each year can be challenging. Here are a few templates and suggestions to get those creative juices flowing:

Personalized Stationery

Use festive stationery or have your child design their own. Start with “Dear [Child’s Name],” and sign it “Love, Santa.” This slight personal touch will make it extra special.

Share Memories

Have Santa recall a special memory or inside joke from the past year. For example, “Do you remember when you left me those delicious chocolate chip cookies by the fireplace?” Adding little details like this makes it more believable.

Report Card

Have Santa give your child a playful “Christmas report card” on things like:

  • Milk and Cookies: A+
  • Being Nice to Siblings: Needs Improvement
  • Going to Bed on Time: Could Do Better

Keep the tone lighthearted and fun. Santa could say something like, “Keep up the good work, and we’ll talk again next Christmas!”

Next Year’s Wish

Have Santa ask your child what they might want for next Christmas. For example, “I’m already starting to make my list for next year. Is there anything you have your eye on for Christmas 2022?” It gives kids something to look forward to and starts them thinking about next season.

Thank Your Child

Have Santa send a heartfelt thank you note to your child for things like:

  • The friendly letter they wrote to Santa
  • Leaving out treats for the reindeer
  • Being on their best behaviour this year

A simple message of gratitude from Santa is a thoughtful way to make kids feel special. Mix and match these ideas or use them as inspiration to craft a custom Santa letter your child will treasure for years to come.

Santa delivering presents
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Conclusion

You’ve done it! We have written the letters from Santa and baked the cookies, and now it’s time for you to sit back and enjoy the magic of Christmas as your child sees it. All the effort you put in to make your little one’s Christmas extra special will be worth it when you see their face light up on Christmas morning. Though the Santa myth won’t last forever, the memories you created together this year will. You should feel proud for pulling off such an epic Christmas feat and spreading joy during the season of giving. Now pour yourself some eggnog; you’ve earned it! The hard part is over, so relax and have a merry Christmas.

Christmas House Decoration Checklist

Christmas house decorations
Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay
This is a collaborative post

The festive season will be here before long, placing firmly in your lap the responsibility of once again bringing your home into the Christmas spirit.

Whether you are an avid Christmas fan that likes to go all out for the holidays, or a Scrooge-ly curmudgeon that’s putting on a brave face for the family, keeping on top of all the decorations is not the easiest of tasks. What are some of the essential decorations you need to be preparing before the holidays come knocking?

Indoor Decorations

Christmas tree decorations
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Christmas Tree and Ornaments

Arguably the most important decorations in any festive household are those that adorn the Christmas tree. The Christmas tree, whether real or plastic, is the centrepiece of the festivities – the place around which family gathers, and under which Christmas gifts magically appear. Your decorations should reflect your personality as much as the season, from the colour of the tinsel to the shape of the baubles.

Stockings

Stockings are another festive standard, especially so if you have a fireplace over which to hang them. Stockings can be made all the more fun by having your family each make and decorate their own stocking.

Candles and Table Decorations

There are numerous other kinds of ornaments and decorations you can deploy around your home, but in terms of essentials, your dinner table should be next on the list. Candlesticks and your best tablecloths are a must, as are the good napkins – and napkin holders if you have them!

Outdoor Decorations

Christmas door wreath
Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay

Exterior Lights

One of the quintessential signifiers that Christmas is indeed on the way is when your eager neighbour puts up their overly elaborate Christmas lighting display. Outdoor lights are a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit, and, though they take a little planning and elbow grease to get installed, can quickly turn your home into a festive wonderland. Some people may be interested in fitting some exterior lights, but might not be sure where to begin if they’ve never done it before. This is understandable, as there are several important factors to take into consideration. Fortunately however, you can hire Christmas Light Installation services to take care of this for you, giving you peace of mind that you’ll have an appealing display without the risk of messing anything up.

Wreath and Mistletoe

Whether or not you are particularly fussed with outwardly professing your festive cheer in the form of garden and house displays, a wreath on the front door is nothing short of essential – non-negotiable, even. Festive wreaths are a treasure to behold and can bring light and love to any front door.

This is especially true if they are paired with mistletoe, which can be tantalisingly hung from your porch or simply attached to your front door’s lintel. These items are not the biggest or most expensive, but they can do a lot to make your home feel welcoming and festive.

Garden Nativity Scene

If you are a family of faith, you may wish to honour this with the inclusion of a nativity scene in your garden decoration plans. This can be as simple as a diorama in the window, but if you have the time and inclination your lawn could be the perfect stage for a scale model of the nativity scene.

Have A Creative Christmas With Design Bundles

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This is a collaborative post.

When I got my Cricut in February 2019, my first project was to make a wedding gift for my cousin and his wife.
I didn’t really know what I was doing, having never used a Cricut before but I managed to figure it out, eventually!
The first SVG file I ever used was from Design Bundles; as soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect for what I needed.

Butterfly Bouquet Cutout Framed personalised wedding gift

Early Christmas Decorating

We put our decorations up on November 29th. We’ve never put them up in November before and I always said I never would! However, after the year we’ve all had thanks to Covid-19, we all needed something fun to do and something to look forward to.

Gnome tree decoration from Design Bundles
I love these gnomes. They’re super easy to make.

Everyone in the country seems to have gotten into the Christmas spirit a bit earlier than usual. We’re grabbing hold of it like a lifeline and even though it’s not going to be a normal Christmas, it can still be a brilliant one.

A Design Bundles Crafty Christmas

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year and one of the things I look forward to is crafting with the children.
We used to do lots of different crafts when they younger and I loved spending the time with them. Nowadays they prefer social media to crafting with mum but I can sometimes cajole them into crafting with me!

I downloaded loads of Christmas svgs from Design Bundles. They have so many you’re spoilt for choice! I use Design Bundles a lot so I decided to sign up for the Plus Membership. I can now choose new files every month using my Plus Credits 🙂

We’ve made tree decorations, 3D layered scenes, Christmas cards and Christmas t-shirts.

3D layered deer scene from Design Bundles

You can find tutorials below for some of the things we’ve been making.

3D Layered Penguins Scene Tutorial

This 3D layered penguin scene is simple and fast to make. All you need is a Cricut or other cutting machine, the 3D Christmas SVG papercraft bundle from Design Bundles, your choice of coloured/glittered card for each layer and some glue.
An optional extra is to add some wired fairy lights that you can put inside the scene behind the first inner layer. The finished product looks lovely when the lights are on.

3D layered penguin scene

Step 1 – Cutting

Cut all the pieces using your cutting machine. If you’re not sure how to use an SVG file, I have an in-depth tutorial here.

I used:

Black card – 2 outer layers
Silver glitter card – inner layer 1
Cream card – inner layer 2
Light blue card – inner layer 3
Dark blue card – Inner layer 4

Design Bundles penguin 3d scene

Step 2 – Assembling

Glue the 2 out layers together using the flap on the front piece.

mmm

Step 3 – Insert inner layers.

Starting with the back layer, insert all inner layers by slotting the tabs into the holes.

Penguin 3D scene - adding the layers
Design Bundles - Penguin 3D scene - adding the layers
Penguin 3D scene - adding the layers
Design Bundles - Penguin 3D scene - adding the layers

Step 4 – Closing the frame

All you need to do now is to apply glue to the tab on the outer back piece and stick the front penguin layer to the back.

Glue the flap

Christmas Tree Decorations Tutorial

This is a great project to use up all those card scraps; if you’re anything like me, you’ll have boxes of them!

We made our bauble decorations to go in the kitchen window rather than on the tree and they look lovely when they spin and catch the light.

All you need is scraps of card, glue, ribbon/string and adhesive gems.

Step 1 – Cut your pieces

I resized all the bauble files when I got them in Design Space because they were huge!
I resized them to around 10cms and changed the colour from black, making each design a different colour so they would be placed on different mats by Design Space.
If we were going to hang them on the tree, I’d have made them smaller but ours are going in the kitchen window so we need them a bit bigger.

Bauble files in Design Space

Step 2 – Duplicate and Flip

Now click on each bauble in turn, right click and duplicate then with the duplicated piece selected, click on Flip and flip the ornament horizontally.

Flip the duplicate piece horizontally

Once you’ve saved your work, click the Make It button in the top right corner of Design Space and cut all the pieces.

Step 3 – Assembling and Decorating

Put glue on the back of one the pairs of ornaments then stick the other piece to it, making sure they’re lined perfectly.

Using adhesive gems or any decorations you choose, decorate both sides.
If you’re using glitter card like me, it’s a good idea to put a dab of glue on the card where you want a gem to go, even though they’re adhesive, they sometimes fall off when put on glitter card.

Hang them using ribbon or Christmassy string.

Iron-On Vinyl T-Shirts Tutorial

My last tutorial today uses iron-on glittery vinyl to create some Christmas Movie watching t-shirts for KayCee and Ella.
Now before I start, I have to say I’m no expert when it comes to working with iron-on vinyl. I was really excited to try it when I first got the Cricut but I didn’t enjoy it the way I did when working with card.

I haven’t mastered layering yet so this is a one colour vinyl tutorial. I have to say, though, I do love the glitter and the svg files I got from Design Bundles made this a quick and easy craft.

KayCee and Ella wearing thier Christmas movie watching t-shirts

Step 1 – Choose Your SVG file

Go to Design Bundles and in the search box, search for Christmas Movie. This search term is enough to give you hundreds of results.

Choose your design and add it to Design Space.

Set the size and click Make It.

Step 3 – Cutting Your Design

The most important thing to remember at this stage is to MIRROR your design. I totally forgot with the second t-shirt and I wasted a whole sheet of glitter iron-on!

Design Space glitter iron-on settings

Click Continue then select Glitter Iron-On for the material.

When the cut has finished, weed away the excess material and your design is ready to be put on the t-shirt.

Step 4 – Applying The Iron-On

I used the Heat Press 2 with the following settings for Glitter Iron-on, a Cricut t-shirt and using the Cricut Easy Press mat:

Heat press 2 settings 1

Centre your design on the t-shirt and use the Easy Press to stick the design to the t-shirt. Let it cool before trying to peel off the carrier sheet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorials. I’ll be back tomorrow with some free Christmas printables I made using gorgeous artwork I bought at Design Bundles 🙂

Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas

Girl wearing Mrs Claus skirt with red and white striped tights, surroundd by Christmas presents
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Christmas is just around the corner so you may want to start thinking about the gifts you’re going to buy for the special people in your life.
Here you’ll find a selection of personalised Christmas gift ideas for people of all ages 🙂

Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

Personalised birth flower scarf – Not On The High Street

This gorgeous pashmina can be personalised with a birth flower and a name or initials.

Personalised birth flower scarf from Not On The High Street

3D Laser engraving – ArtPix 3D

A luxurious black gift box arrives in the mail. You open it and find a flawlessly cut crystal nestled in the satin lining. It catches the light and sparkles brilliantly. The magic begins when you upload a photo to our website. ArtPix3D talented team of designers will prepare it for the etching process with state-of-the-art conversion software that transforms your 2D picture into a 3D model. The resulting 3D photo crystal is a unique work of art designed to last for over a lifetime. When you view it from the front, you’ll see your loved ones and pets depicted with incredible realism.

ArtPix 3d laser engraved crystal

For Him

Personalised dad’s superhero book – Not On The High Street

Create a superhero book all about daddy. The book can be personalised all the way through and can be from one child or numerous children.

Personalised Superdad book

Personalised engraved decanter – Prezzybox

This engraved decanter is perfect for any celebration including birthdays and father’s day.

Personalised engraved decanter

For Babies & Children

Baby’s first Christmas bauble – Studio

This gorgeous Tatty Teddy bauble can be personalised with a name on the front and your own message on the back.

Personalised Tatty Teddy baby's first Christmas bauble

Personalised Unicorn Notebook – Mulberry Bush

The unicorn lover in your life is sure to love this personalised notebook.
Also available at Mulberry Bush is a pack of personalised unicorn pencils and a personalised unicorn pencil tin to make a lovely set this Christmas.

Personalised unicorn notebook

For Teens

Personalised Rose Gold Ladies Watch – Getting Personal

Roe gold accessories are very popular with teen girls right now and this pretty watch will delight your special girl.

Rose gold personalised watch from Getting Personal

Personalised Gaming Light – Menkind

A retro-style games controller light with six colours to choose from and can be personalised with up to 12 characters.

Gaming controller light from Menkind

Make It A Moonpig Christmas! #MoonpigMoments

Christmas baubles - Moonpig Christmas
Image by croisy from Pixabay

AD – Gifted Items and event attendance

Christmas is likely going to be a very different occasion this year than in previous years. Many of our long-held traditions might have to be missed in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

For example, our tradition of holding a party on Christmas Eve for our local family members and not so local ones (we’re in Lincoln, my family is in Derbyshire) is probably not going to happen.
KayCee, especially, is very sad about this because she’s the one who looks forward to the party the most every year.

Virtual Christmas Eve Party

We’ve been toying with the idea of holding a virtual Christmas Eve party instead.
I’ve bought some Christmas quizzes and thought it would be fun for each family to compete with each other!

I was recently invited to a Moonpig Virtual Event with a host of other bloggers and we had a great time. I’m still quite new to Zoom and was a little apprehensive at first but I soon relaxed and started enjoying it.

Moonpig App

I’m also new to Moonpig but after seeing all it has to offer, I think it’s going to be a lifesaver for many people this Christmas.

Jasper, from Moonpig, walked us through all the different features on the app, one of which is the handwritten feature.
All you have to do is write your message on a blank piece of paper then take a photo of it, upload it to Moonpig and it’ll be just like you’ve written it yourself. This extra personal touch is like the icing on the cake for me and I’ll happily send Christmas cards to my family in Derbyshire using the Moonpig app.

I have a code you can use to get 20% off cards when using the app – APP20CA

Address Book And Scheduling

I love that you can store all the names and addresses of your contacts in the app and get reminders when there’s an upcoming birthday or occasion. I also love being able to schedule the sending of the cards on dates of your choice.
For people like me who have to keep asking their mum when family birthdays are due, the scheduling and reminder service is brilliant.

I haven’t used the Moonpig app yet but KayCee has and she loves it. She and her friends send personalised cards to each other for birthdays or just to cheer each other up.

More Moonpig Services

Moonpig isn’t just a card making service; you can order an assortment of gifts such as teddies, alcohol gift sets, chocolates, hampers, novelty gifts and much more.

All the guests at the virtual Moonpig event were sent a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and a cocktail hamper so we could learn how to make a table centrepiece for the Christmas dinner table and 3 delicious cocktails. My favourite was the Vodka Garden cocktail.

I’ll be doing a separate blog post with the recipes for the cocktails so keep an eye out for that; I’m sure you’ll be pleased you did!

Flower Arranging

I really enjoyed making the table centrepiece and I learned a few tricks from Moonpig’s resident flower expert, Roxanne.
I work with florist foam quite a lot but being a papercrafter, the flower arrangements I make don’t need water! I didn’t know that when using the florist foam, you should take time to let it soak up the water itself, don’t try to rush the process by pushing it into the water as this can create airpockets in the foam and it won’t be able to keep your flowers fresh.

I also learned that you don’t have to have everything symmetrical when arranging flowers. I have to admit, I found it hard not to stick to that ‘rule’ when making my centrepiece but I love the finished result so I’ll keep reminding myself of that rule when arranging paper flowers.

Thank you to Moonpig for a very entertaining and enjoyable evening.

German Lebkuchen – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to the final day of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for one of our favourites to have on the trolley at Christmas, German Lebkuchen 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the cookie recipes. Merry Christmas and a happy new year from all of us here, at Shell Louise

German Lebkuchen

German Lebkuchen

Ingredients

  • 250ml honey
  • 175g dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp dark rum
  • grated zest of one orange
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g finely chopped candied orange peel
  • 50g finely chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • 1 egg yolk

Method

  1. Heat the honey in the saucepan until it begins to bubble.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, egg, rum and orange zest.
  3. Place the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder salt and spices into the mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in the honey mixture and mix until well blended.
  5. Add the candied orange peel and hazelnuts and chill overnight.
  6. The next day, preheat the oven to Gas 5.
  7. Divide the dough into four portions and work with one portion at a time, keeping the rest chilled.
  8. Roll out the dough to 0.5cm thick on a heavily floured surface.
  9. Stamp out 5cm rounds or other shapes and place on baking sheets lined with greaseproof paper.
  10. Mix the egg yolk with 1 tbsp water and glaze the biscuits.
  11. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool on the wire rack.

My Christmas Cookies Pinterest Board

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Orange Shortbread – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to day 23 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Cinnamon Orange Crisp cookies.

Tomorrow’s final recipe is for German Lebkuchen.

Cinnamon Orange Crisp

orange shortbread

Ingredients

  • 225g softened butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • finely grated rind of 1 orange
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 400g plain flour
  • pinch of salt

Method

  1. Place the butter, sugar and the orange rind in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy then beat in the egg yolk.
  2. Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  4. Oil the work surface and rolling pin. Unwrap the mixture and roll out to about 1cm thick.
  5. Cut any shapes you like using cookie cutters and place the shapes on the baking sheets.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

My Christmas Cookies Pinterest Board

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Peach, Pear & Plum Cookies – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to day 22 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Peach, Pear & Plum Cookies.

Tomorrow’s recipe is for Cinnamon Orange Crisp Cookies.

Peach, Pear & Plum Cookies

peach, pear and plum cookies

Ingredients

  • 225g softened butter
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 280g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 55g dried peach, finely chopped
  • 55g dried pear, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp plum jam

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon, then beat in the egg yolk and almond extract.
  3. Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture, add the dried fruit and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Scoop up tablespoons of the mixture, roll them into balls and place on the prepared baking sheets, spaced well apart.
  5. Make a hollow in the centre of each with the dampened handle of a wooden spoon. Fill the hollows with jam.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until light golden brown.
  7. Leave to cool on the baking trays for 5-0 minutes then using a palette knife, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

My Christmas Cookies Pinterest Board

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Spiced Fruit Cookies – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to day 21 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Spiced Fruit Cookies.

Tomorrow’s recipe is for Peach, Pear & Plum Cookies.

Spiced Fruit Cookies

Spiced fruit cookies

Ingredients

  • 225g softened butter
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 280g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 25g dried apple, chopped
  • 25g dried pear, chopped
  • grated rind of 1 orange
  • 25g prunes, chopped

Method

  1. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon then beat in the egg yolk.
  2. Sift together the flour, mixed spice and salt into the mixture, add the apple, pear and prunes and orange rind and stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Shape the dough into a log, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  5. Unwrap the log and cut it into 5mm thick slices with a sharp serrated knife. Put them on the prepared baking sheets, spaced well apart.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then, using a palette knife, carefully transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

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Christmas Tree Cookies – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to day 20 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Christmas Tree Cookies.

Tomorrow’s recipe is for Spiced Fruit Cookies.

Christmas Tree Cookies

christmas tree cookies

Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 70g softened butter plus extra for greasing
  • 3 tbsp honey

To Decorate

  • chocolate or white icing
  • mini smarties

Method

  1. Sift the flour and spices into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the honey and mix together well to form a soft dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Grease 2 baking sheets.
  4. Divide the dough in half. Roll out one piece of dough on a floured work surface to about 5mm thick.
  5. Cut out tree shapes using a cutter. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  6. Put the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and using a skewer, make a hole through the top of each biscuit large enough to thread ribbon through.
  7. Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Decorate the trees with melted chocolate or white icing and mini smarties. Thread a length of ribbon through each hole and knot. Hang from the Christmas tree.

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