Ladies and Gentlemen, Christmas is around the corner! A time for family, good food, and traditions.
As the years have gone by I’ve outgrown a few of my family’s traditions (like sitting on Santa’s lap and singing Christmas carols dressed as an angel). I think it is high time to update one or two of these traditions to suit where I’m at in my life.
That’s the beauty of traditions, they can be whatever you want them to be and this year I’ve decided on …
Milk(shakes) and Cookies
A play on the traditional milk and cookies left out for Santa to enjoy, this new tradition of milkshakes and cookies allows adults to openly enjoy the treats instead of sneaking around after dark to make the ‘Santa’ facade seem real (yes, I saw you munching the cookies, mom and dad).
Below is a yummy in my tummy Turkish Delight milkshake but you could try absolutely any flavour you fancy. I quite like the idea of a Bar One and Rum milkshake, or even a fruity rasberry milkshake.
Turkish Delight Milkshake Recipe:
- 200 g Turkish Delight (I used Beacon)
- 800 ml low fat milk
- 8 scoops of vanilla ice cream
Melt Turkish delight with 1/2 a cup of milk on the stove over a low heat, stirring continuously for about 15 minutes or until smooth.
Remove from heat and mix in 1/2 cup milk and refrigerate until cooled.
Blend Turkish delight mixture, ice cream and remaining milk until smooth.
I’m having a bit of a love affair with persian flavours, can you tell? These are rose water cookies with a white chocolate and rose water drizzle. I also plan on baking cranberry and white chocolate chip and traditional ginger cookies for the celebration.
Rose Water butter cookie recipe:
- 125 g soft butter
- 200 ml castor sugar
- 1 egg
- 5 ml Vanilla
- 10 ml Rose Water
- 5 ml pink food colouring
- 500 ml flour
- 5 ml cream of tartar
- 2 ml bicarbonate of soda
Cream butter with sugar until light. add egg and vanilla, rose water, pink food colouring and beat well. Sift dry ingredients, add to creamed mixture and knead until smooth.
Refrigerate for half an hour and then form into walnut sized balls, place on oiled baking sheet, leaving room for spreading. Flatten lightly with a fork. Bake at 180 C for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on cake rack. Makes 30.
- White chocolate
- 10 ml rose water
- 3 ml pink food colouring
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave and then add rose water and food colouring. Put the mixture in a piping bag and drizzle over cooled cookies.
- Celebrate this tradition as part of your Christmas Eve festivities or celebrate with friends the week before to begin a Christmas countdown.
- Get your family and friends involved by asking them each to bring along a batch of their favourite cookies.
- Have 3 signature milkshakes as well as a collection of ingredients for your guests to concoct their own flavours.
- Decorate your ‘milkshake bar’ with mini Christmas trees, baubles and Christmas lights.
- While sipping on your milkshakes, ask each guest what their favourite memory of the past year has been.
What are some of your favourite family traditions? Share with me in a comment below.