Merry Christmas! Red Velvet & White Chocolate Santa Cookies

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Seasons Greetings to you and yours, hope that Santa bought everything you wanted and more!

These little bites of festivity were cut using a Santa cutter I bought in Hamburg a couple of weeks back (you can see some photos from the Christmas markets here). You could easily find a template online if you don’t have a special Santa cutter!

Hard as I tried I couldn’t find a good recipe with UK weights anywhere – so had to improvise one of my own! It’s based on the butter sable biscuits I’ve made before (like these racing car biscuits), but adapted to get that vibrant red!

100g plain flour
15g cocoa powder
100g butter
60g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
Several drops of red colour paste/gel (liquid colours won’t give the same vibrancy when you bake)

Simply rub the butter into the dry ingredients to resemble breadcrumbs, then mix in the yolk, colouring and vanilla to form a stiff dough. Refrigerate before rolling out, cook for 7-10 minutes at 180 degrees.

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To decorate I kept things simple by melting white chocolate and piping a beard, and fur trims for his sleeve, hat and hem.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas 🙂 x

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