Festive night in…

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Hattie and I love the festive season. One of our favourite traditions is having matching christmas pyjamas, something we have done since we were little. we still love getting matching pyjamas now. I found these really cute reindeer Pj’s online from Peacocks! They are so comfy and soft and perfect to get you in a christmassy mood. They are perfect for a festive night in. We love spending time together and there is nothing nicer then a cosy night in especially in winter.

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Hattie’s bump looks so cute with a reindeer face! Her bump came in handy  for resting her drink on.

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Everyone loves a bit of a pamper and face masks are a perfect way to pamper at home on a girls night in.

Snacks are a very important part  of a night in. We love baking and christmas baking is always so much fun. We baked these delicious festive sugar cookies and christmas gingerbread to enjoy whilst watching our favourite christmas movie ‘The Grinch’. Making and decorating these biscuits is really fun we really enjoyed trying out different icing and decorations. These recipes are perfect to do with kids or friends and family to get you feeling festive.

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To make our festive sugar cookies you will need:

200g unsalted butter at room temp

280g caster sugar

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 egg

400g plain flour

a pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar

preheat your oven to 170 ℃ gas 3

Using an electric whisk or freestanding mixer with a paddle attachment, whisk together the butter sugar and vanilla extract. Cream together until light and fluffy.  Add in your egg and mix together. Add in the flour, salt and cream or tartar, mix together but don’t over mix!

Your dough should be light and easy to handle. Dust a work surface  with flour and roll out your dough using a rolling pin. Cut out shapes using cutters of your choice, we have gone for hearts and stars. Arrange the cookies on baking trays lined with greaseproof paper and bake for ten mins. check on them often so they don’t burn, you want them to be light and golden on the edges but paler in the middle.

Leave to cool on wire rack before icing.

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Now for the fun part, decorating your cookies.

Royal icing

1 egg white

1/2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice

310g icing sugar sifted

Beat the egg white and lemon juice together with an electric whisk add in your icing sugar gradually. Keep whisking until you have stiff peaks. add more sugar if your icing is too runny. If you want colourful icing use some food colouring to create your colours we went for plain white. We used a piping pen and piping bags to decorate our cookies we also used silver balls, edible silver stars and an edible silver paint brush.

These cookies are perfect for having with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. You could also thread them with ribbon and wrap in cellophane to make cute tree decorations and gifts.

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Hope this post gets you feeling festive!
Love M xx

 

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