Tuesday, 20 December 2016

CHOCOLATE REINDEER COOKIES - BLOGMAS DAY 20


Welcome to Blogmas Day 20!

I recently received a copy of Tanya Burr's recipe book, which is called Tanya Bakes, and I had been looking through her recipes and found these really cute reindeer cookies that she had made. So I decided to adapt her recipe to make chocolate reindeer cookies. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out great but I wish I had rolled the dough out even thinner because they were quite soft, and Tanya's look a lot thinner and looks like they would have more of a snap. These are so quick and easy and take no time at all. Plus you can get children involved and they can help to decorate the cookies to make them look like Rudolph and the other reindeers. These will be loved by the whole family whether it is for the children or for the grandparents! 


Makes: 10 | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

You will need ...

250g Softened Butter
150g Golden Caster Sugar
1 Egg
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
350g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

To Decorate:
200g Milk Chocolate
Red and Brown Smarties
Milk Chocolate Chips
Pretzels
Icing Sugar

Method ...

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Then line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper (so the biscuits will not stick to the sheets. 

In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy (you can use either an electric mixer or mix it together by hand). Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Once that has been combined, mix in the flour and bicarbonate of soda to form a dough.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately 1/2cm thick. I rolled the dough out way too thick and they just did not have a snap to them once they had baked so I definitely recommend not going anywhere above 1/2cm thick. With a round circle cutter or a glass cut out your shapes to form the heard of the reindeer. Tanya recommends cutting them into a 'blunted' triangle shape, but it was taking me a long time and I wanted them all to be the same size so I just used a round cutter. Then carefully transfer the cookies to the baking sheets, leaving enough room between each cookie. Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden in colour.

While the cookies are baking, break the milk chocolate into a small bowl and melt (either over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave). Once the cookies have baked, leave them to cool on a wire rack. After 10-15 minutes, spoon some milk chocolate onto each cookie and spread over the whole cookie. While the chocolate is still melted, place a red or brown smarties in the centre, with two chocolate chips above for the eyes. Finally press two pretzels near the top of the cookie to look like the antlers. Finally dust with some icing sugar for a snowy effect!

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