I hope you are enjoying the lead up to Christmas and the posts I have written for you so far 🙂 Not long to go now! For this weeks post I have decided to include a few more Christmas treats that I absolutely love and are perfect for every night in the lead up, especially Christmas Eve. These recipes are so simple and delicious, making them the perfect thing to whip up when you want something a little bit sweet. As Christmas is during the summertime here in New Zealand, I have based these recipes around that but you can definitely alter them to suit whatever season you like. Let’s get started!
Peppermint Candy Cane Iced Chocolate
You Will Need:
- 1 cup chilled milk
- 1 candy cane
- 2-3 drops peppermint essence
- 1-2 tablespoons hot chocolate powder
- 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
- Whipped cream to garnish
What To Do:
- Place 1/4 cup of chilled milk into into a glass and add in your hot chocolate powder. Mix well until there are no lumps.
- Once you are happy with the consistency of your milk, add the rest of your milk into the glass and stir well.
- Add in a few drops of peppermint essence, stir well and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream into the glass.
- Top with whipped cream and a candy cane. Enjoy!
You Will Need:
- 1 1/4 cups plain flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 100g butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 100g butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 2-3 drops vanilla essence
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Food colouring and decorations of your choice
What To Do:
- Preheat your oven to 190 degrees celcius and line a cupcake tin with paper cases.
- Sift your flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the brown sugar and stir until combined.
- Melt the butter and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- Beat together the eggs and milk. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
- Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until 2/3 full. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked.
- Set aside to cool before icing.
- To make the icing: Place the butter in a mixer and beat until almost white. Sift in the icing sugar and mix well.
- Add in the vanilla essence and milk and beat until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if necessary.
- If you would like to change the colour of the icing, add in a few drops and mix until it forms a solid colour.
- Pipe onto your cooled cupcakes and decorate.
I hope you enjoyed these recipes and would love to know whether you try them out or not 🙂 I absolutely love how they turned out and I was so happy with how the holly leaves came out, even though I made them all without a leaf cutter haha. I have included a few photos of the Christmas Fruit Cakes I decorated below.