Christmas All Wrapped Up

Halloween is over only a few days and now it is all about Christmas!

Here at Ballyknocken House & Cookery School we have Christmas all wrapped up…

Our Christmas Best Seller is a half day cookery class plus a signed copy of my latest cookbook,  “Bake Like an Italian”, for €145 plus P&P, order online before November 30th and receive free package & postage within Ireland!

Now I’m just spoiling you all, here is an example of some of the lovely Christmas recipes from ‘Bake Like An Italian’ and what you can learn here at Ballyknocken Cookery School, My Italian Snowballs !!

Christmas Cookery



These little biscuits are usually made with almonds, but I have made mine here with pecans.

These are really delicate and are a good gift to take to a dinner party during the festive season

– if you have any left after tasting them! They look so classy when they are gift wrapped in an

elegant Christmas box.

250g plain flour

220g pecans, finely chopped

200g butter, softened

60g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

icing sugar, for dusting

1 Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas 140°C/gas 3. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.

2 Place the flour, pecans, butter, sugar and vanilla paste into a mixing bowl and beat

together until combined. Roll the dough into 3cm balls and place on the lined trays. Bake

for 18–20 minutes, until lightly golden brown.

3 Sift the icing sugar into a shallow bowl. Remove the biscuits from the oven and leave for

5 minutes before rolling in the icing sugar while still warm. Dust again when cool.

  • Mix a little edible golden shimmer powder into the icing sugar to catch a glimmer from the twinkle lights.

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