Make it snow this Christmas with these sugar-dusted treats from heaven!
The only time that South Africans get to experience a wintery Christmas is when we choose to trek all over the world. Being somebody who doesn’t celebrate Christmas as a religious or cultural thing (but I still do it for the fun of it!), I quite imagine that this would put a damper on spending the festive season with family. At the same time, I do acknowledge that people choose to be separated from their Addams family counterparts during this time – what? It’s not like we get to magically pick our family members from a cheerful hat! Sometimes to enjoy momentous occasions, we have to stay away from the negative people, lest we explode like those giant firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. So, I totally get that.
However, for those of us who really love spending time with our wonderful families, the idea of bringing the white Christmas home to our sunny mzansi shores is so exciting!
I remember watching The Grinch, Home Alone, Rudolph and other Christmas classics on my telly as a naïve little kid. I can recall my yearning for those gorgeous festive lights, spicy gingerbread and a towering white Christmas tree, heavy from its weight in decorations and tinsel.
I begged my mother every year to make it snow in my boring little hometown, until I was old enough to realize that people couldn’t change the weather at their own will. Which brings me to the matter at hand. You see, children may not fully grasp the societal elements involved in Christmas and what it truly means. As a parent, you can fully nurture your child’s growth in this aspect by piquing their intrigue with the philanthropic nature of Christmas. It is a time when you must bring to life those beautiful characters and stories that children read about, or watch on the TV. It is up to you to ensure that Santa and his generous spirit live on! Your child’s growing imagination, happiness and alacrity to share with others will be the ultimate gratification for it. I am no mother, but I am a daughter and I can tell you that family fun goes a long way in making a young kid rather pleased.
What are you waiting for?
Bust out those piping nozzles and board games! Why not bake batches of delicious goodies for your kids to give their siblings or friends as Christmas gifts? You can start by baking these super-easy melting moments, with the little ones playing the role of Santa’s valuable elves. Fun times ahead for all!
You will have to forgive my extreme cheesiness at this time of the year… cough, cough…
Dusted Melting Moments with Passion Fruit (Granadilla) Buttercream Icing
This is my momma’s very own melting moments cookie recipe, complete with a tangy passion fruit flavoured buttercream icing. The burst of granadilla flavour makes for the perfect addition to this feathery-light cookie dough. As always, my mother propagates butter as her staple when it comes to baking cookies. Because what is life without a little fruitiness and butter, don’t you think?
Melting Moments Cookie Dough
200g salted butter, room temperature
150g cake flour (about a cup and ¼)
100g corn flour (about ¾ cup)
100g icing sugar
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
Passion Fruit Buttercream Icing
60 g butter, must be slightly firm but pliable enough for beating
Pulp of 1-2 passion fruits (depending on your personal taste)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
220g icing sugar
*Reserve some extra icing sugar for dusting the cookies with
- Preheat oven to 160° C and prepare two baking sheets by greasing until sufficiently coated (I just use one of those non-stick sprays).
- Sieve cake flour, cornstarch and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
- In a larger mixing bowl, cream together sugar, butter, vanilla essence and egg with an electric beater until the ingredients turn light and fluffy. About 45 seconds to a minute should do the trick. Be careful not to over-beat the mixture as it might become lumpy or develop an undesirable texture.
- Mix in the other dry ingredients (flour, etc.) using the electric beater – only until the point at which all ingredients become fully incorporated.
- Have your piping nozzle cleaned and ready to shoot out awesome cookie dough! I like to use a much larger nozzle so that the cookies are a decent size. The cookie dough might crumble and make a mess if your nozzle is too small.
- Add the cookie dough mixture to your piping nozzle in batches, and pipe the cookies onto the greased baking trays until dough is finished.
- Pop cookies in the oven and leave them to bake for 15-20 minutes. Keep a watchful eye on them, however, because these cookies can burn easily and sometimes they will need less time to get done. The bottoms should be slightly browned when they are ready.
- Once baking trays have been removed from oven, allow cookies to stand and cool on the trays for about 15 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool off further. These cookies are delicate, so you don’t want them to crumble as soon as they come out of the oven.
- Let cool for at least 45 minutes before icing them – you must make sure they are absolutely cooled off; otherwise your icing will melt and ruin the whole cookie sandwich!
Preparing the Icing and Assembling the Cookie Sandwich
- Use electric beater to beat icing sugar and butter together for about 20 seconds. Do not overbeat the mixture.
- Add passion fruit pulp and lemon juice to taste. Beat for another 10-20 seconds, only until the flavour is mixed in well.
- Chill the icing mixture for 3 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Remove from fridge and spread on cookies, pressing two together to make cookie sandwiches.
- Dust with icing sugar to serve.
I recommend that you serve these soothing melting moments with a decent blend of English Breakfast tea on the morning of Christmas.
Merry Christmas to everybody celebrating and sending you lots of love from The Fashion Factor family!
Seasons greetings from Raeesa xx