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    By special request of GQ, here are a couple of biccie recipes for Christmas (I didn't dare refuse her, I can imagine how she is when she's short of sugar and it takes a braver person than me to stand in her way lol!)

    Fruit Mincemeat Drops

    100g melted butter
    1/2 cup raw sugar (or ordinary granulated)
    3/4 cup self raising flour
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Mix these well, until it forms a dough. Roll ping pong ball sized pieces, then smush them down on the baking tray with your finger to make an indent. Fill the little indent with a teaspoon of fruit mincemeat. Bake for 15 minutes at 180.

    You can of course fill the indent with jam, or lemon curd, or honey. Or you can switch the vanilla essence for almond essence and pop a ball of marzipan in the indent. Your options are as unlimited as my weight gain will be if I keep baking like this....

    These are ridiculously fast and easy, freeze well and keep for up to a week.

    Spiced Christmas Cookies

    1 cup plain flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
    75g butter
    1/4 cup honey

    Cream the butter, sugar and honey. Add the flour and spices, mix well. Chill for 30 mins (or freeze if you want some ready to bake dough), roll out, cut, bake for 10 mins at 180.

    Hope that helps someone.
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