Monday, 15 March 2010

Hot Cross Bun Cookies

These have to be some of the cutest cookies ever.....and they taste just like hot cross buns.

They are really easy to make and a perfect treat to bake for Easter. Here's what you need:

Ingredients (makes 36)

125g unsalted butter (softened and chopped)
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup mixed peel (roughly chopped)
1/2 cup dried currants
2 cups self raising flour
1 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp skim milk
2 tbsp ground almond meal
50g marzipan
2 tbsp apricot jam (warmed)

Preheat oven to 140C (fan forced). Beat butter, sugar and egg in bowl with electric mixer until mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in peel, currants, sifted flour, mixed spice and milk until everything is well-combined. Roll teaspoons of mixture into balls and place them on a lined baking tray about 4cm apart. Knead almond meal into marzipan then roll the marzipan into thin sausages and cut into lengths about the size of the diameter of the cookies. Brush the cookies with milk then place the marzipan crosses on top. Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes until slightly brown. While the cookies are still hot, brush warm apricot jam onto them to make them shiny. Store cookies in an airtight container to retain freshness.

Happy Easter

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