On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, I made Christmas Chocolate Biscuits

Hello Dear Reader,

Well, my 12 Days of Christmas is almost over, but todays recipe is worth the wait. Let me ask a question. What's better than shortbread? Chocolate shortbread, of course! These little dark rounds look just like another chocolate biscuits but they are super light and buttery, just like you would expect from a shortbread. You can leave them plain or ice them as above, I think the icing just adds a lovely finish to them and the sprinkles are optional. This is another of Nigellas' recipes, making that a total of 5 out of the 12 recipes that I have "borrowed" from her. (See, I told you there was a theme here) These are simple to put together and look and taste wonderful.

Ingredients for Christmas Chocolate Biscuits, clockwise from top right-
300 grams plain flour, 30 grams Cacao, 150 grams caster sugar, 250 grams softened butter, 
1 teaspoon baking powder and 1//2 teaspoon bicarb soda 

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy 

Add half the cacao and mix well 

Add other half of cacao and the flour, baking powder and bicarb soda 

And mix well, giving a good scrape down and mixing again, until all the flour is incorporated 

The dough is gorgeously soft. I use food safe gloves to roll this dough into walnut size balls 

And flatten slightly, leaving good space around each biscuit 

Bake in a 170 C oven for 12 to 15minutes, start checking at 12 minutes though. They should be soft and will look cracked on top, but thats okay. As the cool, they will harden up a little. Leave to cool completely before icing or leave plain 

For the icing add 175 grams icing sugar, 1 tablespoon cacao, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, 40 to 50 mls of boiling water to a bowl 

Add the boiling water a little at a time until you have a syrupy mixture. Blend well and then microwave for 1 minute. Be very careful as the mixture will be very hot. Make sure there are no lumps and then let cool a little 

Drizzle over some icing (it will be very thin, it's meant to be like that) doing about 6 at a time, then sprinkle over the decorations before the icing has set. Put some paper towel under the rack while icing to catch the drips. Let icing set completely before storing

As I said these are really easy to make and look just wonderful and are just delicious. 

How are your Christmas preparations going? 

1 comment

  1. Hi Fiona, just wanted to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and to thank you for your time & effort in your blog this year. I have enjoyed trying quite a few of your delicious recipes and look forward to learning more lovely dishes and other interesting tips from you next year! Kelly xo


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