Last Minute Stocking Stuffers? Restless Kids? Sorted! December 22 2016

"I'd say I'm about one cookie away from being happy..."
- Snoopy

Christmas is just days away, and if you're still in need of some extra little pieces for stockings then we have plenty of options for you in the shop. And if you're in the camp of organised people who have finished their shopping, maybe your challenge of the moment is how to keep the kids busy while they're at home for the holidays... Look no further, we have a fun baking idea that kids - and kids at heart - will love.
This recipe is really simple to make, and perfect to help keep little helpers entertained with a fun festive activity in the lead up to Christmas. These cookies can hang on the Christmas tree for a cute (and edible) ornament, or you could even make a festive cookie garland to hang in the house for a party! You can always make them without the holes for hanging and enjoy them as simple cookies too. They've been going down a storm in our shop - drop by and we may have one for you too!
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CHOCOLATE CINNAMON COOKIE ORNAMENTS
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2/3 cup butter (at room temperature) 
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp milk
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 cup chocolate chips 
Extra Equipment
A toothpick
A sewing needle
Sewing thread or fine ribbon
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1. Preheat your oven to 160˚C/320˚F.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg yolk, honey and milk and stir until fully combined.
4. Sift in all the dry ingredients thoroughly until the dough form when you press it together. If the mixture feels too dry, gradually add some extra drops of milk to help it combine.
5. Knead very lightly, then, using half of the dough at a time, roll out onto a floured surface to a thickness of 3mm / 1/8inch. Now, cut out your cookie shapes, and make a hole in each one for the thread using a toothpick. The hole will shrink as the cookie expands a little in the oven, so make the hole a little bigger than you would expect.
6. Place cookies onto a baking sheet and bake in batches for 10 minutes, checking progress and turning the baking sheet halfway through to ensure even cooking. 
7. Cool the cookies completely on a rack, then melt your chocolate. You can either give it a quick zap in the microwave, or in a heatproof bowl over some boiling water. 
8. Now you have a few options of how to add the chocolate: dip, spread or freestyle! To dip the cookies, hold them carefully on the narrow sides, dip them in the chocolate and wipe the excess off onto the side of the bowl. To spread, use a teaspoon or the back of a knife to cover the reverse side, using a small bit of melted chocolate at a time. To freestyle... see where the creative flow takes you; add eyes, clothes, letters, patterns, whatever you (or the kids) like! 
9. Leave the chocolate to set (you can speed this along by using the fridge or freezer, but you want to make sure the chocolate isn't rock hard for the next stage).
10. The final stage is to add some thread so your cookies are ready to hang! First, give your sewing needle a quick wash, then thread it up directly to the spool and use  it to guide the thread through the holes you created earlier.* Once the needle is through, trim the thread to the right length and tie a knot. (If your holes are really big then you may be able to manage simply pushing your ribbon or thread through with your fingers.) 
11. Continue until all the cookies are threaded, and get ready to decorate the house - if they haven't all been eaten yet!
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* The needle should pierce the chocolate layer quite easily, but if not, try using the point of a sharp knife to make the first hole.