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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Triple Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies

My list of recipes to make from food bloggers is multiplying quite happily. I know I keep saying "I must try this" or "I'm definitely making that", and I have the feeling that I'm not the only one!
Sometimes you see a recipe that you have to make immediately. If not, you go to bed only to wake up at 4.00am to go through the cupboards one more time just to double check that you really haven't got that one particular ingredient required.
There are some recipes that you can take your time with and make a few changes to suit your own tastes.
Then we have the ones that you have to save for just the right moment, a special occasion or for the holidays.

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I have waited patiently for a year to make Rosie's adorable Christmas pudding cookies, and then I made them twice! I made a few small changes to her recipe. The main part of the cookie is almost the same, only much smaller - 2" instead of 4". The white icing was replaced by white chocolate, and I really wanted to use some red mini M&M's for the berries, but couldn't find any. I've renamed them and I hope Rosie won't mind!

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Ready to be adorned with holly

Triple Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies, Inspired By Rosie
Recipe adapted from Rosie Bakes a 'Peace' of Cake

150g (5 oz) self-raising flour & a little for dusting
25g (1 oz) cocoa powder
100g (4 oz) butter, cut into small cubes
75g (3 oz) soft brown sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
75g (3 oz) Mayan Gold Green & Black chocolate, or any dark chocolate
75g (3 oz) Cadbury’s chocolate mini buttons, from the baking section in a supermarket, or any chocolate chips

Using a food processor, chop the Mayan Gold chocolate (or dark chocolate) into small pieces, remove from processor and put to one side.

Into the same processor, add the flour, cocoa powder, cubes of butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Pulse until you have a fine mixture. Add the chopped Mayan chocolate and the egg, then pulse until the dough comes together. Remove the dough. wrap in cling film and place in the fridge, for at least an hour to firm up until you are ready to roll it out.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

Lightly dust a work surface with a little flour, unwrap your dough and roll out to about 5mm (¼ in) thickness. Cut out rounds with your cookie cutter and place on a baking tray that has been lined with baking parchment. You can use up all the scraps by re-rolling them. Push the mini buttons or chocolate chips into the dough to resemble currants, I only put them onto the bottom half of the cookies.

Place into the oven and cook for between 10-15 minutes, you want them just browning. Leave to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking tray before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

For The Christmas Decoration
Roughly 4-6 oz good white chocolate
Some ready-to-roll icing or fondant, coloured green
A tube of red icing for the berries, or use red mini M&M's if you can find them
A tube of white icing to stick the leaves onto the cookies

Instructions
Melt the white chocolate and carefully spoon it over the cookies. You want the chocolate on just one side and it should only cover the top half, above the chocolate drops/chips. Place onto a wire rack to harden.

Roll out the green icing/fondant and cut out holly leaves with a cutter. Leave to harden.

To Assemble
Using a tiny drop of the white icing from the tube, stick the holly leaves onto the white chocolate.
Place 3 small drops of red icing near the leaves, to resemble the holly berries.

(Printable Recipe)

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These are headed over to the brilliant Food Blogga's Eat Christmas Cookies, being hosted by Susan. Don't forget that the page is being updated as the entries come in, so check them out!

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Waiting for white chocolate

Some other Christmassy cookies on this blog:
Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti
Pecan Pie Cookies
Chocolate and Pistacho Wedges
Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Caramel Nuggets
Macademia and Ginger Fingers

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56 comments:

Mandy said...

this has got to be the prettiest cookies I have seen so far! Very well done!

The Mrs. said...

These cookies are almost too pretty to eat! And they sound quite yummy too!

Katherine said...

You have an amazing blog, so glad I found it off BoingBoing!

Thanks for putting the recipes :)

penniesonaplatter said...

Gorgeous cookies!! I'm starring this on Tastespotting! :)

Ginny said...

Yummy! They are so christmasy! :)

once in a blue moon... said...

absolutely gorgeous! on my to do list, thanks!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

These are so adorable! I love the dripping icing!

Megan said...

These are too cute! What a perfect holiday treat!

Sam said...

Wow, they look great!

Beth said...

These are so good. I really am going to have to try them!!

Anne said...

Love the cookies, are really cute and anything using maya gold chocolate sounds wonderful to me! :)

Ashley M. said...

I found your blog through Flickr. I <3 these cookies! Very pretty, and perfect.

Becky said...

oh my god , thought it couldn't get better than the snowman cupcakes but wow.
These look stunning and a reckon taste yummy

mikky said...

wow!!! how festive... :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

These are some of the most appealing cookies I have seen, Nic! The white chocolate snow and the holly look perfect!

Snooky doodle said...

ohh!! these are adorable. well all your creations are amazing. But i m making these too hopefully for christmas :)

Talita said...

How delicious!! These cookies looks so cute and perfect to Christmas. I love it!

miri said...

Nic, these are SO beautiful and festive! Happy holidays!

Marysol said...

Well Nic, my Christmas Treats folder is busting at the seams, but those look so beautifully festive, I cannot resist!

Tartelette said...

Perfect! The prettiest Christmas cookies I have ever seen!

Jennywenny said...

Oh my goodness, adorable!!

Cynthia said...

You are such a food artist.

tara said...

These look the type of cookies a sugarplum fairy would nibble upon. Absoloutely darling.

sunita said...

Nic, those are so, so adorable :-)

Katie said...

Oh wow! Nic these are fantastic! I going to have to make them myself - my family would love them.

Holler said...

I am very, very impressed with your cookies Nic!

HoneyB said...

These are adorable!!

Grace said...

"waiting for white chocolate" is my permanent state of being. :)
love the buttons and pretty much the entire cookie in general. :)

Supriya Raman said...

Such a gorgeous looking cookie! The white chocolate is an awesome idea.

Manger La Ville said...

Looks so cute, unbelievable. Plus unlike sometimes bland sugar cookies, these are equally scrumptious and decorative.

Iratxe said...

Fantastic!! These cookies are so cute and perfect for Christmas... I'm going to try to make them.

bakergirlcreations said...

Wow! I love the detail! These are wonderful... I wish I had seen them before I baked cookies for two holiday cookie exchanges :) - definately a keeper for next year!

Maria said...

Wow oh wow these are the most gorgeous festive cookies I've seen yet!!

You are so talented and your pics are always amazing.

Maria
x

matja said...

Hi, i like your cookies very much. I've done them and it all turned well except the cover chocolate(it wasn't so fluent as it should be). I used white milka. What chocolate did u use? have you add something to smooth it? any suggestions?

LyB said...

Adorable! :)

Elra said...

How inspiring, and oh, so beautiful. I can imagine how patient you are, waited that long for making this delicious looking cookie. I guess it's worth the wait, resulting a perfect cookie for a perfect season!
Cheers,
Elra

Ann said...

COME ON, Nic! Those are insanely attractive! SO pretty! You are an artiste, girl. So out of my league. ;)

Psychgrad said...

Your Christmas goodies are too cute! Such attention to detail.

Passionate About Baking said...

You are a cookie monster & torturer Nic! What a stunning job you've done there...AMAZING! You are a food stylist & artist! Happy holidays to you & your family Nic...much love!

nicisme said...

Thanks for all the comments, I really appreciate them!

Welcome to all new readers!!

Matja - I used a Belgian white chocolate that I melted gently in the microwave. Every 20 seconds I gave it a stir. You do have to be careful with white chocolate because it can 'seize' up quite easily.
You could try adding a little butter to the chocolate to make it silky, or a little cream. White chocolate is a pain if overheated. I'm not really that good with chocolate so I'm not sure what else to suggest.
I have used 'Green & Blacks' chocolate quite successfully.

Jan said...

You are just too clever for words Nic! EVERYTHING you make looks soooo good.

matja said...

ty :). will try to do them again ;).

csquad said...

oh yummy! how can you go wrong with a cookie that has pudding in the title!?

Hannah said...

Oh, these cookies are too cute! And far taster than the tradition Christmas pudding, as far as I'm concerned!

Parker said...

I love those, they are adorably pretty. I am hoping to get some christmas baking in today - nothing like the last minute. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rico said...

I just love your ideas and cookies.they are just amazing not to mention the photos.

JUde said...

i was wondering what chips you used for those. very nice.

Helen said...

Ih they are just adorable! The sort of cookies I would never make myself but I would be very happy if someone gave them to me, thank you very much - nom nom nom! Very pretty :)

Lisa said...

These are so very pretty. I really enjoy the decorative elements of baking and these appear to be delicious too. Also, your sparkly photos are enchanting. Very festive!!

Tracy said...

Those are gorgeous ... your photos are incredible.

Susan said...

Gorgeous cookies, Nic! The recipe sounds yummy!

Rosie said...

Hi Nic, WOW I adore your cookies and now I must try these ones out!! I adore the idea of using white chocolate for the sauce on top of the pud :) Well done!!

Wishing you & yours a Merry Christmas.

Rosie x

Geri said...

Great looking cookies. I love chocolate and then more chocolate.

sunita said...

Happy holidays to you and yours, dear Nic :-)

Jeanne said...

Those are just some of the cutest cookies I've seen! Your attention to detail always just astounds me :)

julietk said...

MMMM yummy, thank you for the tutorial.