Looking through Pinterest a few weeks ago, I came across an image which I really liked the look of. It had two layers but looked like a cupcake/muffin – something a bit different, I thought, plus two parts meant I could get my two littlies involved a different stages…
Unfortunately, the image was not linked to a recipe but a sales page for the most over-priced cake mix I’ve ever come across.
So I created my own version, adding Christmassy touches and I am very pleased with the results of this one!
Double Christmas treats
These do take a bit of time, especially if you have little helpers, but are SO worth it!
It would make a lovely Christmas Eve activity with the kids – there’s plenty to sample and still have a nice snack to leave out for Santa 🙂
180 g white chocolate, chopped plus about 100 g for decoration at the end
375g unsalted butter
420g smart sugar (or castor sugar as an alternative)
100g raw sugar
100g macadamia nuts, finely chopped
415g plain flour
1.5 teaspoons orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
150g dried cranberries
1/4 cup mixed dried fruit
food colouring (optional)
Making Christmas double treats
Melt white chocolate and 150g butter.
Once it has cooled a little, mix in 220g (1 cup) smart sugar. Then add 3 eggs and mix well.
Stir in chopped macadamias and 115g (3/4 cup) flour.
Grease large muffin pans – prepare 24 large muffin holes.
Half fill muffin holes with mixture and put aside.
Preheat over to 185°C.
Cream raw sugar, 225g butter and 200g (bit under 1 cup) smart sugar.
Beat in 1 egg.
Mix in orange zest and juice.
Mix in 300g (2.5 generous cups) flour and bicarb soda.
Gently stir in cranberries and dried fruit until mixed throughout the dough.
Add a spoonful of mixture on top of the brownie mix in the muffin tins. You may need to use fingers to spread the biscuit dough evenly.
Place muffin trays into oven for 16 -17 minutes – the biscuit top should be lightly brown all over.
Leave the trays to cool completely before removing from the muffin trays.
Melt remaining white chocolate, add food colouring if you wish, and drizzle over the cooled Double Christmas Treats.
Once the chocolate has set, they’re ready to serve…
- If you undercook them, the bottom layer will be very sticky. Simply turn the treats upside down and serve with ice-cream as a pudding!
- You can use a skewer to check the treats are cooked – you are looking for crumbs from the lower layer. But be careful crumbs from the top layer don’t mislead – thus watching the time is better judge.
- Finely chopped macadamias gives a lovely chewy, moist texture. A few bigger pieces are ok but it is worth getting them chopped well.
- To add some green to match the red cranberries, you could swap the mixed dried fruit with pistachios
- You could cook this as small slabs and cut into pieces. But given the layers, cooking it as one big slab would probably result in the bottom being undercooked or the top burning.
- I used silicone muffin tray and some individual muffin cases – both worked equally well.
- I had a little left over biscuit mix so made a few biscuits as well – they take a bit less time to cook though.