So, this might be a rather belated Easter post. But then again, I was in Costa over the weekend and they were still selling little Easter nest cakes and fruity marzipan Easter loaves, so I am going with it!
As part of their blogger community, Sainsbury’s asked me to have a go at making an Easter recipe, and as they also sent me an Easter egg I thought I would make use of that. I based the cookie recipe on the Millie’s Cookie recipe that I love.
So here are my Hot Cross Bun cookies:
125g butter/ margarine
225g sugar (mixture of caster and soft brown)
1 medium egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g dried fruit (I used a mixture of cherries and raisins)
A few pieces of candied orange peel, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
Optional- White chocolate for melting
Preheat the oven to 180C, line two baking trays with baking paper.
Optional- soak the cherries and raisins in a little boiling water- this plumps them up and makes them juicy.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg, vanilla and almond extract. Sift in the flour, baking powder and spices and bring gently together. Finally mix in the dried fruit (drain the water first if you soaked them) and candied orange peel.
Spoon onto the baking trays leaving space between them as they will spread.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until brown around the edges- they will continue to cook on the baking trays a little once they come out.
Leave on the trays for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
If adding the while chocolate cross, melt some white chocolate and pipe it over the cooled cookies.
I think they look rather pretty, and the dried fruits and spices create the hot cross bun flavour.
Soaking the dried fruits
Chopping the candied orange peel
Piping on the melted white chocolate
This made 20 big cookies!
I also made some brownies, but that will have to be in another post!
Do you have any Easter Eggs left?
*Sainsbury’s provided me with some of the ingredients.