Happy December everyone! We’re in the home straight now, just one month away from a brand new year.
Silly season is properly underway.
Following the success of the iced biscuits I made for our Halloween party, I thought I’d have a go at making some edible Christmas decorations this year.
Discovering Aquafaba — egg free royal icing — is literally one of the best things I’ve come across recently.
Having a child with an egg allergy is pretty restrictive when it comes to certain foods. Royal icing is top of the ‘banned substances’ list for Bertie, as it’s made with raw egg white.
Finding a decent alternative that works — and he’s able to eat — is a real game changer.
You can find the recipe for the biscuits and the Aquafaba icing here — no point repeating it again — but this time round, instead of skull shaped cutters, you’ll need star ones, some bakers twine and little sweets to decorate your biscuits (although that’s not totally necessary).
Making edible Christmas decorations
After cutting, I made a little hole in each one with a skewer. Then popped them in the oven to bake.
Once the biscuits were cooked and fully cooled I set to with the icing.
I’d lost all my little icing nozzles — in the abyss that is our kitchen — so had to make do with a freezer bag with a tiny hole in one corner!
To be honest, although they’re probably a little less refined that the skull biscuits I made, I thought it didn’t make too bad a job. Certainly easier to clean up at the end of the day, as it just went in the bin after I’d finished.
I covered some of the biscuits with sprinkles, some with gold chocolate balls or edible glitter and plain iced the others.
Once the toppings had dried, I threaded bakers twine through the holes to form little loops.
They work pretty well, hung singly, as tree decorations but they also look lovely strung together as a garland.
I used tiny little pegs to attach them to another length of string, then hung it across the fireplace. It did cross my mind that when the log burner is lit the biscuits may soften a little with the heat but, to be honest, I don’t think they’re going to last that long!
These little biscuits are too moreish to keep.
Make a couple of batches to box up and to give to friends and family for an easy Christmas gift — if you can manage to give them away!
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And for more Christmas inspiration than you can shake a stick at, check out these fabulous blogs for lots of festive ideas.
1 — Jane at Maflingo has great ideas for festive treats to make with the kids this Christmas. Find out how to make Santa Fruit Skewers and Festive Chocolate Pretzels.
2 — Catherine at Growing Family shares her tips for bringing the outside indoors this Christmas.
Easy pine cone tree decorations, Spring flowering bulbs to create lovely homemade gifts plus how to choose the perfect real Christmas tree.
3 — Jocelyn at The Reading Residence shares some fun and easy Christmas crafts for children. Find out how to create a Christmas centrepiece, a festive arty keepsake and make kids placemats.
4 — Jingle Bells, Christmas smells! It really does! Nicky at Not Just The 3 of Us is talking about the memories and smells that Christmas decorations evoke.
5 — Fellow twin mama Kirsty from Hijacked By Twins is planning every meal including how to use up those precious leftovers.
Pop over to her blog to find out how to make a delicious toppings for the perfect leftover Christmas dinner soup. This recipe will make you want to cook extra just for the leftovers.
6 — After inviting family for Christmas Lunch, Morgan at Morgan’s Milieu shares her tips and advice for planning Christmas Lunch for a large number of guests.
7 — Stephanie at Life at 139a has some some more Christmas crafts. Find out how (and why) to bleach pine cones, how to make a Christmas wreath and inspiration for some gorgeous gift tags.
8 — And last but by no means least. Nell from the Pigeon Pair and Me shares how to enjoy the festive fun of London this winter. For free!
She also gives her top picks of Winter family shows and explains why Christmas with kids is a magical time of the year.
The countdown is on folks!