When I mentioned to Dorie Greenspan earlier today that I was trying to share one recipe a day for the holidays, she thought I was setting the bar high.
I was not sure it was going to hapen this Wednesday until I received a note from Jennifer at Heilala Vanilla all the way in New Zealand.
In it was a recipe for Vanilla Sugar Drops. These biscuits did not sound like a major undertaking.
I cannot taste the picture yet they sure do look good.
Want to give it a try, here's the Vanilla Sugar Drop recipe:
A small melt in your mouth biscuit covered in Heilala vanilla paste and sugar. Perfect for Christmas goodie bags or platters, and of course Santa!
50g Icing Sugar
1/2 C Heilala Vanilla Sugar
50g Corn Flour
2 tsp Heilala Vanilla Paste
Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, add vanilla paste mix through. Add dry ingredients mix until a soft dough forms.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a greased tray, bake for 10-15 minutes until very slightly golden, but cooked inside (you may need to break one in half to check). Allow biscuits to cool.
To finish brush a small amount of vanilla sugar over each biscuit and drop the biscuit.
Makes approximately 50 small biscuits.
Heilala Vanilla is establishing a beachhead in many countries so if you cannot put your hands on their fine products you will have to settle for good alternatives to make this recipe.
Their Vanilla Bean Paste is so rich it is intoxicating. I know because I tasted it.
I should have had a recipe for the first night of Hanukkah.
Not sure it qualifies.
Happy Hanukkah to those of you who celebrate!