Last week I posted my most, very, absolute favourite Christmas biscuit treat – Little Chocolate & Peppermint Christmas Kisses. They melt in your mouth with chocolatey warmth and then the fresh zing of peppermint cleans your palate and your ready for another one! My son, as you know, has a thing for cinnamon and as it’s a very Christmassy spice I baked up a haul for him. They have a serious cinnamon hit, but if you make vanilla buttercream to make two biscuits kiss that adds a light sweetness. If you are not Über keen on cinnamon thwacking you round the face – reduce the amount in the recipe and replace what you take out with corn flour. I always make these with gluten-free SR flour as it works really well. If you use normal flour the process will direct you to replace some of it with corn flour for the melt in the mouth delight!
Little Cinnamon Christmas Kisses – Ingredients sunflower spread, icing sugar, gluten-free self raising flour (if you use normal self-raising flour you will also need corn flour), ground cinnamon, vanilla extract
Little Cinnamon Christmas Kisses – Process (makes 32 kisses)
- Pre-heat the oven to 170ºC
- Prep some baking trays with baking paper
- In a bowl beat the following thoroughly:
- 6 oz sunflower spread
- 2 oz icing sugar
- In a separate bowl mix:
- 6½ oz gluten-free self raising flour (or 2 oz cornflour & 4½ oz normal SR flour)
- 1½ oz ground cinnamon
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix very well
- Even though the mix seems wet & cloying it rolls into little balls well
- Roll the mix into little balls and place on waiting baking trays
- I made 64 balls from this mix
- Flatten them down with two fingers
- Pop into the oven for 15 minutes
- Place on a cooling rack once cooked and ensure they are cool thoroughly before making into kisses
- Now to prepare the butter cream…
- In a bowl beat:
- 2½oz sunflower spread
- Beat it until it is very soft, then slowly add:
- 1C icing sugar
- Once this is mixed well you can add:
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- If your biscuits are cool…
- spoon a dollop of icing onto one biscuit
- stick a similar sized biscuit onto the dollop of icing and press together
- Leave to set for about 5 mins!
Eat and enjoy these Christmassy cinnamon kisses – who needs mistletoe? I still stand by my favourite being the chocolate & peppermint kisses, but my partner and son both love these. The great thing about this recipe is that the biscuits freeze wonderfully, I store them in air tight containers icing-free in the freezer. They defrost in less than two hours and I keep the icing in sandwich bags in the fridge – kisses are ready in minutes and taste so fine!
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