With the cold weather here to stay, it is the perfect time to indulge in a decadent cup of our Candy Cane Biscuits and Hot Chocolate by McKinney’s & Catherine Fulvio. This wintertime staple is quick and easy to recreate at home, and is sure to be a winner and put a smile on the faces of your friends and family!
For the candy cane biscuits
200g plain flour
100g McKinney’s Light Golden Sugar
80g chilled butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 to 3 tbsp water
Royal icing, for decorating (optional)
For the hot chocolate
2 tbsp. McKinney’s Rich Brown Sugar
80g chocolate drops
2 tbsp. McKinney’s Icing sugar
A small snowman cutter
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Line a baking tray with parchment.
To prepare the biscuits, place the flour and sugar into a bowl, rub in the chilled butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the vanilla extract and enough water to form a stiff dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Roll out on a floured surface and using a small snowman cutter, shape the biscuits and transfer to the pre-lined tray.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes depending on the size.
Leave on the tray to cool before transferring to a cooling rack before decorating.
If you want to decorate the snowmen, make the royal icing according to the instructions on the packaging. Spoon into a piping bag with a thin nozzle and decorate the snowmen. Leave to dry and store in a sealed container.
To make the hot chocolate, add the milk and add sugar and chocolate drops to a saucepan and warm up over a medium heat, stirring most of the time until both the sugar and chocolate are melted.
Pour the hot chocolate into a jug and pour into the bottles or glasses.
Whisk the cream until firm peaks add the icing sugar. Spoon into a piping bag without a nozzle and pipe on top of the hot chocolate or spoon the cream over the top. Insert a straw and dust with McKinney’s icing sugar and add a snowman on top.