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Children love to make things that they can hang on the christmas tree and what better than things they can eat too!

This recipe will make two to three dozen biscuits, depending on how big they are.  You will need some seasonal pastry cutters – stars and christmas trees will look great. 

Decorate with white icing for a frosty seasonal feel!



200g self-raising flour
100g soft butter
100g light, soft brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.
  2. Rub the flour and butter together until they look like breadcrumbs
  3. Add the sugar and spices, and mix round with a metal spoon
  4. Add the egg, mix it in to form a dough and gently knead till smooth
  5. Roll out on a lightly floured surface
  6. Cut into shapes of your choice with a cutter. 
  7. Place them on a greased baking tray
  8. Make a hole in the top of each biscuit with a kebab stick or cocktail stick
  9. Bake for 10–12 minutes till golden
  10. When cool, ice the biscuits and thread with ribbon to hang on the tree!

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Whilst a lot of the country is enjoying some sunny weather at this the start of the school holidays, here in Lancashire the rain has not been in short supply. 

The water-butt is full, the wellies are out (not to mention the waterproof trousers!) and the day has been spent dodging showers …again!  

It was during one of the wet spells that we decided to make some cookies.  Always guaranteed to lift the spirits, they are so easy to make and are munchingly more-ish!!

100g chocolate  broken into pieces
125g unsalted butter
100g granulated sugar
75 g soft brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
150g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder


  1. Heat the oven to 190C
  2. Grease a baking tray
  3. Melt the butter
  4. Mix the sugars together in a mixing bowl
  5. Add the melted butter and beat well
  6. Beat the egg
  7. Add the egg and vanilla essence to the mixing bowl
  8. Mix well
  9. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixing bowl and mix well
  10. Add in the chunks of chocolate and mix
  11. Spoon dollops of mixture onto the baking tray and place in the middle of the oven for around 10 or so minutes or until slightly brown
  12. Allow to cool and munch

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