Weekend Baking

Christmas Pudding Cookies

Christmas Pudding Cookies

Its always nice to slow down and chill out – I’ve been racing around lately taking on so many different things, so this weekend I had a quiet one catching up with a friend and doing a spot of baking. Oh, and I cleaned my little house from top to bottom – sparkly!

The baking is for a couple of Christmas tutorials for the Winter edition of UK Handmade. So now I’m in the festive spirit waaay too early – have been humming “The Christmas Song” for the last two days….

I’ve made a Christmas cake decorated as a Christmas pudding (looks cute!) and the above Christmas pudding cookies – some have ribbon for hanging on the tree. As its only October, I’m going to restrain myself from posting the pics so early, so the cookies drying on the rack are just a little sneaky peak.

Chocolate Heart Cookies

Chocolate Heart Cookies

As I had some chocolate dough remaining, I whipped up a few heart cookies for the family yesterday. I have loads of heart decorations covered in *awesome* red edible glitter left over from Valentine’s day, so they made instant decorations for the cookies. They’ve turned out well, with a nice dark chocolate flavour due to the Green and Blacks cocoa powder. I nearly always use Green and Blacks: its good quality and more intensely chocolatey than most cocoa – and more importantly, its organic and the farmers get a fairer deal. You’ll be able to find the recipe in the Winter issue when it comes out sometime in December :)

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