Merry Christmas everyone, wherever you are! I hope your Christmas is wonderful and you are spending a nice time with your family and friends!
Here is one my absolute favourite Christmas biscuits for many years now. What makes it Christmasy is the rather prominent, but not overpowering flavour of clove. You have to love clove to love these cookies. These are wonderful with an after-dinner coffee, or wrapped up and given as a gift.
CLOVE AND HAZELNUT COOKIES
(Originally from BBC Good Food Magazine)
250g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
150g icing sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
350g plain flour
- Put the butter, hazelnuts, vanilla extract and 100g of the icing sugar in a food processor, and whizz to a paste. Add 1 teaspoon of ground cloves and the flour, then pulse together until a dough forms.
- Heat oven to 180C. Line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and arrange on the baking sheets. Use the folk lightly squeeze each ball. Bake for 15 minutes or until they turn a pale biscuit colour (if they get too brown, they will become dry).
- Mix the remaining icing sugar and ground cloves, then sieve a thick layer over the hot biscuits. Leave to cool slightly before eating just warm, or cool.