Kris Kringles, presents for the kid’s teacher and little treats for party hosts…Be prepared for last minute gifts this holiday season using our DIY Christmas present ideas. From Christmas themed baking to easy, fun and affordable home made Secret Santa gifts. McKenzie’s Christmas ideas include DIY Gingerbread Decorations, Stained Glass Christmas Star biscuits and festive home made Christmas Bath Bombs, perfect to keep the kids entertained these holidays!
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cooking Time: 45 mins.
- 225 plain flour, sifted
115g McKenzie’s Rice Flour
115g caster sugar
1 pinch salt
225g butter, at room temperature
1. Preheat oven to 150oC. Grease a baking tray.
2. Combine sieved flour, rice flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Rub in butter and knead gently until a smooth dough forms.
3. Transfer onto a floured surface and cut out using heart-shaped cookie cutters.
4. Place onto greased tray and prick with a fork. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until light golden. Allow to cool.
Christmas Star Stained Glass Biscuits
- 115g McKenzie’s Rice Flour
225g plain flour
1 pinch salt
115g castor sugar
90g clear sugar lollies
1. Sieve flour, McKenzie’s Rice Flour, sugar and salt into a bowl.
2. Rub butter and knead until smooth dough forms.
3. Turn onto floured board, roll dough to 5mm thickness between two sheets of baking paper.
4. Using Christmas shape cutters, cut dough into desired shape. Place shape on cold greased tray. With smaller cutters, cut out a centre pattern for stained glass.
5. Bake in a slow oven (150 fan forced) for 40 minutes, until pale brown.
6. Remove biscuits from oven. Spoon crushed lollies into the centre pattern, place in oven for a further 5 minutes or until lollies have melted. Allow to cool on tray before removing.
Before baking, make a small ribbon hole in the top of each biscuit using a skewer. Once baked, tie the biscuit with a ribbon and hang on your Christmas tree or include in your Christmas hamper gift.
To create jam filled shortbreads, create a smaller centre pattern on only half of the biscuit shapes whilst leaving the remaining biscuits whole. Once baked, spread jam (that has been warmed to soften) on the whole biscuit shape and then top with the windowed biscuit shape. Dust with icing sugar.
The centre pattern dough off-cut can also be baked until golden brown and then iced and decorated to add to your Christmas hamper.
Serves: 30 biscuits
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Christmas Bath Bombs
Your kids teacher works hard all year, so why not follow these simple instructions and let them enjoy a little relaxation time.
- 1 ½ cups McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda
½ cup McKenzie’s Citric Acid
Potpourri (Glitter or Holly leaves Optional)
Sweet almond oil (from chemist)
Essential oil, such as Peppermint or ginger
Red and Green Food colouring
Moulds – see tips for options
Makes 4 bath bombs (depending on size of the mould)
Step 1 – Sieve together the McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda and the McKenzie’s Citric Acid in a large mixing bowl, then add.
Step 2 – In a small bowl, combine 6 drops of your chosen essential oil with 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and food colouring as you desire.
Step 3 – Take 1/2 cup of dry mix and stir in the oil mixture slowly so things don’t start fizzing!
Step 4 – Wearing rubber gloves, work the oil mixture into the dry ingredients with your finger tips until it stays compressed when squeezed.
Step 5 – Wipe a little sweet almond oil inside the mould and fill with the mixture, packing in firmly.
Repeat from Step 2 to make your other bath bombs and leave to set for 24-36 hours before removing from mould.
If you want to add additional festive treats, get creative with Christmassy extras
If you don’t have any sweet almond oil, light vegetable oil will work.
You can purchase moulds from craft shops or you can use items that might be around the house, such as jelly moulds, decorative ice cube containers, muffin tins, patty pans or any plastic container that will hold a shape.
The more simple the shape of the mould, the easier it will be to remove the bath bomb.
Be creative with colours, swirl red and green or do half green half red.
Hot water activates the fizz in the bombs – cold water doesn’t work.