Guess what? There’s less than a month left till Christmas!
That fact will do one of two things – leave you bursting with excitement that the festive season is almost here or fill you with dread as your mind leaps to the dozens of things you need to tick off the list before then.
Whichever type of person you are, this post is here to help. I’m a firm believer that home baked treats make perfect Christmas gifts – after all, who doesn’t love unbundling a parcel to discover delicious treats? But the trick with Christmas baking is to be organised and get onto it before the madness of December really sets in – yip, that means now!
Luckily there are lots of delicious treats that not only make great gifts, but are quick to prepare and can be stored without any problems – here are five of my favourite Christmas baking ideas to get you started…
Oreo truffles are one of my favourite go-to recipes – they’re quick to make, only require a couple of ingredients and can be tweaked to work for any occasion. My favourite way to serve them at Christmas is as mini Christmas puddings – simply drizzle a little melted white chocolate on top and finish with red and green sprinkles (the green holly sprigs are actually Christmas trees!)
Despite being such a quick and easy recipe, the resulting fudge is absolutely incredible – smooth, creamy, flavoursome and moorish, it’s definitely one recipe you’ll be coming back to. The fudge itself is lightly flavoured with peppermint essence, but the real magic is in the topping which is made entirely of crushed candy canes! Oh, and you only need four ingredients – white chocolate, condensed milk, peppermint essence and candy canes; too easy.
This is without a doubt the most decadent and delicious rocky road you’ll ever taste – forget crushed biscuits and glace cherries, this one is packed with freeze dried fruits and cranberries! While the combination of freeze-dried summer berries, white chocolate, marshmallows and pistachios make this treat a little pricey, it’s definitely worth the investment – I can’t wait to make (and eat!) this treat again come December.
This peppermint marshmallow is officially one of the most delicious things in the world. If you’ve never made marshmallow before, you should definitely start with this recipe – even though boiling glucose and using a sugar thermometer sounds a little intimidating, it’s actually incredibly simple to make. To give the marshmallow a festive feel, marble the top with red food colouring which is as easy as randomly dropping food colouring onto freshly poured marshmallow and pulling a knife through.
These delicious cookies are packed with distinctive flavours – think golden syrup, dark brown sugar, cinnamon and all spice! Despite not looking particularly Christmassy (there’s not a Santa hat, candy cane or red/green stripe in site!), you can’t help but feel festive when you bite into them – it’s all in the flavours. And how cute do they look all crinkled? Yum!