Afghans

afghans

Ingredients

  • 200g butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 3 cups cornflakes

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla essence.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and cocoa, then pour into bowl. Scatter cornflakes on top and mix until combined. Don’t over mix or the cornflakes will become too finely crushed.
  4. Roll into small balls and place on lined baking tray. Flatten each one slightly with palm of hand.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes then cool on a wire rack before icing with basic chocolate icing.

 

Mint creams

mint-creams

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp peppermint essence
  • 5 cups icing sugar
  • Caster sugar to coat

Method

  1. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add peppermint essence and mix well
  2. Add icing sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing well between each one. Once all cups have been added the mixture shouldn’t feel sticky.
  3. Roll mixture into small balls. Coat in caster sugar and flatten with your thumb.

 

Raspberry & white chocolate shortcake

raspberry-white-choc-shortbread

Ingredients

  • 200g butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup white chocolate drops
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a square cake pan with baking paper
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
  3. Fold in flour and baking powder until well combined.
  4. Press 2/3 of shortbread mixture into the base of the tin. Spoon raspberries and chocolate over the base. Sprinkle remaining shortbread mixture on top, pressing gently.
  5. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until lightly golden. Serve cooled.