We have made it a tradition in our house for Little Miss 3 to give a home-made gift to Santa when she visits him at Ballantynes. Last year it was Christmas Mince Pies; this year we made simple Christmas Biscuits. These are actually just a basic Chocolate Chip Biscuit that has had a Christmas makeover. The simple recipe makes it perfect for little people to help make and they can be whipped up in no time at all. Any type of dried fruit can be added, so you can use whatever is in the pantry.
Christmas Biscuits for Santa
75g caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 and a half cups assorted dried fruits and nuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Turn the oven on to 175deg. C
Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy
Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder.
Add the lightly chopped dried fruit and chocolate chips: we used cranberries, glace ginger, slivered almonds, and glace cherries.
Place spoon fulls onto a baking paper lined tray.
Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes.
Allow to cool on the tray.
We packaged ours in a cellophane bag with a cheerful ribbon. Little Miss 3 had found a little Christmas carry bag and wanted to fill it with treats for Santa, so we went out to the garden and picked him a pot of raspberries "to have for his pudding after he has been busy seeing the children." She was so proud of her "love parcel" for Santa.
Our Ballantynes Santa was quite surprised to be given a parcel by a little girl, and Little Miss 3 was over the moon when he thanked her very much. Happy child, happy Santa, what more could you wish for at this time of year.