This year, I also am thinking to add the present boxes for the boys next door with homemade biscuits alongside the popular chocolate truffles. I am sending these little treats for you who celebrate Christmas and bake cookies for your loved ones, an event which is hosted by Susan of Food Blogga.
My first option is chocolate snowdrops which are so easy to make and they taste beautiful with crunchy chopped almonds. You can chopped the almonds finely but I do think that when they're chunky, they'll give burst of flavour in every bite. They are likely the chocolate version of Greek Shortbread.
Source: Family Cricle, May 27/83.
125g (4 oz) butter,
3 Tbs icing sugar, sifted,
2/3 cup plain flour,
1/3 cup cocoa,
1 cup finely chopped almonds,
extra sifted icing sugar to coat cookies
Soften the butter at room temperature, beat with icing sugar until creamy. Stir in flour and cocoa, sifted together, then almonds. Chill until firm enough to handle. Roll a teaspoonful of dough at a time into marble-sized balls. Place balls on an ungreased baking tray, spacing them about 5cm (2in) apart. Bake in a slow oven for 20 minutes, or until firm. Carefully remove from baking trays; roll in icing sugar while still warm. Place on wire racks to finish cooling, store in layers (with greaseproof paper between) in an airtight container.
Other options which are probably new to you but once so popular in the cooking group I join in Indonesia is Cheese Buttons which are made from delicate pastry and topped with icing sugar-grated cheese mixture. I love these little biscuits as they are melt in the mouth and taste sweet and savoury at the same time.
And the biscuits I often make will probably another idea for you to fill the present boxes or jars, the chocolate-coated chocolate biscuits which are called zebra cookies. The base dough for the biscuits can be very crumbly once you've mixed all the ingredients, but once they are rolled out, the dough becomes come together. The great thing is that each square is coated with dark chocolate or whatever kind of chocolate you'd prefer, really, which make these treats are lovable!
Source: Majalah Kartini. Indonesia.
225g plain flour,
100g icing sugar,
2 egg yolks,
50g cocoa powder
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, until fluffy. Fold in sifted flour and cocoa powder, mix well. Roll the dough out ½ cm thickness, cut into squares 5.5 x 4cm. Transfer on to the baking trays and bake until cooked (It takes 8 minutes, my oven with 160C). Cool on the wire rack. Once cooled, coat with dark chocolate and garnish with royal icing (I used white chocolate)
1 egg white,
150g icing sugar
Beat until thick. Put the mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto the coated biscuits.