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What you need:

8 oz / 227g   butter at room temperature

4oz / 113g  sugar

2 tsp water

2 tsp vanilla essence

8 oz /227g  flour

4 oz / 113g  finely chopped almonds

whole almonds for “fingernails”

1 tube red decorators icing

What you do:

Preheat oven to 160C / 325F / gas mark 3.

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add water and vanilla; mix well. Blend in flour and nuts. Mix until incorporated.

Scoop dough into a ball and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.

To make cookies: 

Shape the dough into fingers about 3 inches long by rolling a piece of dough between hands, pinching slightly on either side of the “knuckle” area.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet and put a whole almond on the end for the nail, pushing down slightly. Leave the other end of the finger a little uneven to get that “severed” look! With a knife, make three tiny lines across the “knuckle” area of the finger…whats a knuckle without a few wrinkles?

Bake  for around 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

When cool, squirt some of the red decorators icing onto the “severed” end of the finger.

 

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What you need:

1 packet of cooking dates
1 1/2oz / 40g margarine
1 beaten egg
3/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup boiling water.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4

Chop the dates & place into a saucepan. Sprinkle with the bicarbonate of soda, then pour over the boiling water & stir.
In a bowl , add the flour & margarine & rub together then add the sugar.
Add the beaten egg to the date mixture.
pour the date mixture into the flour mixture stirring well.
Place into the loaf tin & bake for around 1 hour.
Turn out onto wired rack & leave to cool.

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