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Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow

This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It’s the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

It’s now only four days until Christmas, I’m starting to feel very festive! If you’re not, this recipe could definitely get you there! It’s day 7 of my Countdown ’til Christmas recipes, Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 was Peppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies, Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake and Day 6 was Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies. Today I bring you Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies), now the Peppermint Puppy Chow I posted on Day 3 was seriously festive and yummy but this one is even better! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Chocolate Orange is one of my favourite, if not my ultimate favourite, flavour combinations. I can seriously eat an entire Terry’s Chocolate Orange in one sitting without even realising, it’s just too yummy! I knew I had to incorporate it into a festive bake, a puppy chow turned out to be a really good choice (even though it’s not actually baked). Then I just had to add some Christmas spices because they just lend themselves so well to the already festive flavours. This was a real winner and I think I’ll probably end up making it all year round! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

If you’ve not had it before, Puppy Chow is a seriously moreish snack made up of malt wheat cereal, chocolate and icing sugar- usually it’s chocolate with peanut butter but this is a great festive version! It’s probably obvious by now, but to be on the safe side – do not feed this to your dogs, despite the name it’s not suitable for dogs, in fact chocolate is toxic to dogs and depending on their size can make them very sick or even be fatal for them! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Now we’re in the final countdown to Christmas, how are you guys fairing in preparation? I’m sure some of you will put us all to shame and be completely organised and ready to go, but I’m also sure there’s many of us who are still rushing around trying to get things done! I’m actually pretty prepared for once – I’m waiting on a couple gifts to arrive in the mail and I need to go buy some Brandy for the mince pies but otherwise I’m pretty close to being ready to go! I’m really looking forward to Christmas as usual, I’m working on the day but it’s only for a couple hours in the morning so not too bad – and I have the whole day off the day after. What do you guys have planned for the day? If you’re not celebrating Christmas do you do anything special or do just enjoy a nice day off? 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

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Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow
A seriously addictive snack of malt wheat seriously, chocolate orange, christmas spices and icing sugar!
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Ingredients
  1. 500g malted wheat cereal (such as Shreddies or Chex Wheats)
  2. 1 1/2 Chocolate oranges (approx 280g)
  3. 180g icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  4. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate, I do mine in the microwave in 30 seconds blasts, stirring in between.
  2. Measure the cereal into a large bowl and add the melted chocolate, stir to coat cereal
  3. Pour coated cereal into a large container with a lid, add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Secure the lid and shake to cover the cereal in sugar
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the puppy chow out on it do set.
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container for maximum freshness
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Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies

These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They’re the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa! 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

These buttery, melt in your mouth Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Cinnamon & Clementine are the perfect Christmas cookies - Christmas tree and gingerbread men shaped cookies on snow with christmas baubles, square cropped

If you want your shortbread Gluten Free – check out my cut out GF Shortbread Cookies!

It’s already day six of my Countdown ’til Christmas, Santa is going to be here before we know it! So today I bring you these yummy frosted shortbread Christmas cookies – perfect to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. For Countdown ’til Christmas I’ve been posting a festive recipe a day up until Christmas Eve. Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 was Peppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies and Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake.

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

Do you have many Christmas traditions with your family? My traditions these days involve splitting my Christmases between the UK and the US, which is nice but it’s always sad to be away from people you care about at Christmas which I inevitably am! Leaving cookies out for Santa is a simple tradition, but I think it’s one a lot of people like to do with their kids. And of course you can’t forget about the glass of milk to wash these Frosted Shortbread Cookies down with and some carrots for the hard working reindeer – who, fun fact, are actually all female if the countless drawings, displays, movies and stories are to be believed! Female reindeer keep their antlers during the winter but males shed them. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

As well as the fun of leaving a little gift for Santa and his reindeer, actually making these Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies with your kids can be a lot of fun and a great tradition to pass down. And these cookies are great for that, because they’re nice and easy to make and can be decorate however you like! I kept it simple with festive coloured frostings and sprinkles, but the possibilities are endless! You can even add some festive flavours, like cinnamon or orange. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

They’re so yummy too, so saving some for Santa might require hiding a couple away until everybody is going to bed! You, of course, then get to do the fun part of pretending to be Santa and eating up the cookies! One of the perks of being a parent, I’m sure! Not that I’m saying Santa isn’t real…. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

Of course, you don’t have to share these Frosted Shortbread Cookies with Santa! You can make them for your family, for your Christmas party or to give as gifts (I would only give these ones as gifts that you can hand deliver, they won’t ship well). This is my first time making frosted cookies and I’m definitely a convert, shortbread is my favourite type of cookie hands down and I didn’t think they needed anything else, they shine on their own! But I decided to frost them to make them more festive looking and I’m glad they did, while they still shine beautifully on their own the frosting is just a yummy addition! 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

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Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies
Yields 16
Yummy, buttery shortbread cookies with buttercream frosting and festive sprinkles! Santa will love them!
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For the shortbread
  1. 250g unsalted butter, softened but not melted
  2. 60g Icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  3. 300g plain flour (all purpose flour)
  4. 50g cornflour (cornstarch)
For the buttercream
  1. 100g unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 200g icing sugar
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  4. Red and green food colourings, preferably gel colourings
  5. Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Put all the shortbread ingredients in a bowl and beat together until all combined and smooth. You may need to use your hands to gently need it into a dough towards to end.
  2. Roll the dough into a large ball and flatten into a thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  3. Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll out the dough until about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out cookies with a round cookie cutter, use whatever size you want your cookies they won't spread. Obviously the smaller the cookies the more you'll get and vice versa
  5. Transfer cookies to the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are light golden brown and the cookies are set to touch.
  6. Cool on tray for 5 minutes and then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies are very delicate when warm, so be careful not to break them.
  7. To make the frosting, add the butter, sugar and vanilla to a bowl and beat together. If using an electric or stand mixer, start off on a slow speed so your kitchen doesn't end up covered in a fine layer of icing sugar! Beat until combined, then increase speed and beat until light and fluffy.
  8. Separate the frosting into three bowls. Add green dye to one bowl and red to another, leaving the last bowl white. Gel food dye is best for this as you'll need to use much less dye, add a little at a time until you have your desired colour.
  9. Spread the frosting on the cooled cookies using an offset spatula or the back side of a spoon. The cookies are much more sturdy once they're cooled, but they're still pretty delicate so use a gentle hand.
  10. Add sprinkles and any other desired decorations
Notes
  1. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days
  2. Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon to the shortbread mixture for a festive kick
  3. This recipe yielded 16 cookies for me, but how many you get will depend on how thick you roll the dough and how big your cookie cutters are.
  4. Recipe is easily doubled.
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Michelle’s Christmas Mince Pies

These are Christmas Mince Pies done my way! Made with puff pastry, dried fruit, nuts and a sweet, sticky sauce! So simple to make, and the perfect festive treat! It isn’t Christmas without Mince Pies!

Michelle's Christmas Mince Pies - These are Christmas Mince Pies done my way! Made with puff pastry, dried fruit, nuts and a sweet, sticky sauce! So simple to make, and the perfect festive treat! It isn't Christmas without Mince Pies!

Happy Thursday! Only 1 week ’til Christmas and It’s day four of my Countdown ’til Christmas – I’m posting a festive recipe every day up until, and including, Christmas Eve. So far I have posted Spiced Caramel, a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake and Peppermint Puppy Chow – today I have Mince Pies.

Michelle's Christmas Mince Pies - These are Christmas Mince Pies done my way! Made with puff pastry, dried fruit, nuts and a sweet, sticky sauce! So simple to make, and the perfect festive treat! It isn't Christmas without Mince Pies!

The title here might be a tad misleading, as it could look like I’m saying these are my famous mince pies or something – but actually, this is the first time I’ve ever made mince pies. The reason being that I don’t like mince pies, I never have – I don’t like mince meat, I can’t even put my finger on what it is I don’t like about it, I just don’t. So, I made my own version of mince meat – it has the same core flavours of mince meat but it’s not baked and it’s super yummy. I also used puff pastry as the casing, just because I thought a mince pie roll would be really cute and yummy, and I was right! 

Michelle's Christmas Mince Pies - These are Christmas Mince Pies done my way! Made with puff pastry, dried fruit, nuts and a sweet, sticky sauce! So simple to make, and the perfect festive treat! It isn't Christmas without Mince Pies!

 

For those of you unfamiliar with mince pies, they’re a British staple at Christmas time. They’re small, individual pies filled with mincemeat – mincemeat being a sweet mixture of dried fruits, brandy, spices and beef suet (I think traditionally they contain actual beef, hence the name). Most Brits will tell you Christmas isn’t complete without lots of mince pies, so I always kind of felt like I was missing out. Which is why this year I decided to come up with my own version – mine contain lots of dried fruits, spices, almonds, spiced rum and a sweet, sticky brown sugar mixture. They were so yummy, I will definitely make it a tradition to make these every year. I’m going to make some more for Christmas day and bring a little British tradition (even if it’s not totally traditional) to the US. Although I will be making them in a pie crust casing rather than the puff pastry. 

Michelle's Christmas Mince Pies - These are Christmas Mince Pies done my way! Made with puff pastry, dried fruit, nuts and a sweet, sticky sauce! So simple to make, and the perfect festive treat! It isn't Christmas without Mince Pies!

 

Even if you’re a big lover of mince pies, you should definitely give these ones a go if only to shake things up a bit – plus I think you’ll love them, they’re wonderfully sweet and packed full of yummy fruit. The main star in these is dried figs because I love figs, but you really can customise these to suit your own tastes. 

Michelle's Christmas Mince Pies - These are Christmas Mince Pies done my way! Made with puff pastry, dried fruit, nuts and a sweet, sticky sauce! So simple to make, and the perfect festive treat! It isn't Christmas without Mince Pies!

One small confession before I get on with the recipe – I didn’t make the puff pastry for these. Making your own pastry is great and I find making puff pastry quite therapeutic but sometimes I’m just too lazy or I don’t have the time, or both. This was one of those times. They’re great either way, so you can either buy pre made puff pastry from the store or make you’re favourite recipe. I don’t have a recipe for puff pastry on my blog, but Dini @ Giramuk’s Kitchen has an awesome recipe for Rough Puff Pastry which is a quick and effective way to make puff pastry from scratch. 

Michelle's Christmas Mince Pies - These are Christmas Mince Pies done my way! Made with puff pastry, dried fruit, nuts and a sweet, sticky sauce! So simple to make, and the perfect festive treat! It isn't Christmas without Mince Pies!

I’m going to bring these along to Fiesta Friday this week, bring a little British Christmas to the party! This week it’s co hosted by the amazing Indu and Jhuls, so this week is a great time to come join Angie’s party!

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Michelle's Mince Pies
Yields 12
My own take on the British classic - mince pies!
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Ingredients
  1. 320g puff pastry (homemade or store bought)
  2. 60g butter
  3. 100g brown sugar
  4. 2.5 tbsp golden syrup*
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1/4 tsp almond extract
  9. 1 clementine - zest and juice
  10. 140g dried figs, roughly chopped
  11. 100g dried cherries
  12. 100g raisins
  13. 50g slivered almonds, plus more for garnish
Instructions
  1. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with circles of parchment paper. Preheat oven to 200C/390F
  2. Add the butter, sugar and golden syrup to a medium saucepan, heat on medium until butter and sugar are melted, stirring. Bring to the boil and boil for 30 seconds, reduce heat to a low medium.
  3. Add the spices, extracts, zest and juice and stir to combine
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes on a medium low heat, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside and leave to cool.
  7. Roll out puff pastry into a large rectangle, approx 14" x 9"
  8. Spread the cooled mincemeat mixture over the pastry, covering up to the edges - leaving a small border clear on one length side (about 1cm)
  9. Roll the pastry up length ways (i.e. so you have one long sausage).
  10. Cut the roll into approximately 1"-1.5" slices and place in prepared muffin hold, with spirals facing up. Sprinkle a few slivered almonds on top.
  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until pastry is gold brown
Notes
  1. *If you're in the US you can use corn syrup in place of golden syrup
  2. You could also use muffin cases instead of the parchment paper, but personally I like the look the parchment paper gives them.
  3. And since you're using cases, you can cool them in the pan without worrying about them sticking. However, if you want to remove the cases this is much easier to do while they're still hot, so leave to cool for 5 minutes and then carefully peel away paper.
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Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Milkshake

This Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Milkshake is the perfect way to enjoy a milkshake during the holiday season. Made with After Eight mints, it’s fully of chocolatey, pepperminty goodness. You’ll totally love it!

This Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Milkshake is the perfect way to enjoy a milkshake during the holiday season. Made with After Eight mints, it's fully of chocolatey, pepperminty goodness. You'll totally love it!

Woo it’s Day 2 of my Christmas Countdown. Yesterday I realised that I had as many Christmas recipes left to post as days ’til Christmas, so I’m posting one Christmas recipe a day up to, and including, Christmas Eve. Yesterday was amazing Spiced Caramel and today it’s this yummy Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake. 

This Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Milkshake is the perfect way to enjoy a milkshake during the holiday season. Made with After Eight mints, it's fully of chocolatey, pepperminty goodness. You'll totally love it!

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Christmas Spiced Caramel

This Christmas Spiced Caramel is full of delicious festive spices, drizzle it on everything and anything this holiday season! It’s so easy to make and so delicious!

This Christmas Spiced Caramel is full of delicious festive spices, drizzle it on everything and anything this holiday season! It's so easy to make and so delicious!

 

Have you guys been listening to Serial? If you have, I’m only up to episode 7 so far so no spoilers please! If you haven’t, you need to start now! Right now! Okay, you can read this post and save this recipe first, but then listen! It’s a series of podcasts from NPR and you can download them for free from your podcast app (just search Serial) or you can download it here. No, I’m not being sponsored by NPR that would be weird (and awesome, I love NPR!) this is just totally worth listening to and I want to talk to y’all about it! If you’ve been living under a rock and have missed all the buzz around Serial – it’s a nonfiction story told week by week about a murder that happened 15 years ago, a young man was convicted of murdering his ex girlfriend. Nothing quite adds up though and Sarah Koenig has been digging through the case since last year trying to get to the bottom of it. 

It’s really interesting, so gripping and really thought provoking. There’s so much to think about and you can go from thinking “yes he totally did it” to “there’s no way he did it” in the space of one episode. Go download it now, and you can thank me later! There’s 11 episodes so far, new episodes released every Thursday, I don’t know how many there will be total – I think they just keep going until they come to some kind of conclusion

Those who of you who have been listening to it, what do you think? Are you enjoying it? Do you think Adnan did it? If not, who do you think did? Remember, I’m only up to episode 7 so no spoilers!! Also, would be nice to keep your comments generally spoiler free for those who are behind me or haven’t started it yet! If you wanna talk to me about it in detail though, you can come chat to me on Twitter

This Christmas Spiced Caramel is full of delicious festive spices, drizzle it on everything and anything this holiday season! It's so easy to make and so delicious!

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