4 Favourite Christmas Recipes to try this year

blue plate with star-shaped Dutch Christmas biscuits dusted with icing sugar

Following on from my post about Favourite Christmas Bakes, I thought you might like to have the recipes for my Burnt Butter Biscuits and Spekulaas, as well as a couple of the other Favourite Christmas Recipes mentioned in the post.

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Favourite Christmas Recipes

Speculaas – Dutch Christmas Biscuits

blue plate with star-shaped Dutch Christmas biscuits dusted with icing sugar
Speculaas from The Silver Nomad


  • 170 g (6oz) Butter
  • 142g (5oz) Soft Brown Sugar
  • 227 (8 oz) Self-raising Flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 0.5 level teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 level teaspoon cinnamon
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 113g (4oz) shredded almonds
  • 28g (1oz) plain semi-sweet biscuits

Heat the oven to 180/350 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then sift the flour, salt and spices into the creamed mixture, add the lemon rind and almonds and mix. Put the biscuits in a bag and crush – I use a rolling pin and vent any frustrations – then add to the mixture. Knead with your fingers until combined. The mixture will be quite stiff.

Pop into the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes.

Roll out to about 3mm thick on a lightly floured surface and cut into Christmas shapes. Place on a buttered baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Cool on a wire tray and leave to cool. Sprinkle with caster sugar or icing sugar. Makes around 24

Burnt Butter Biscuits

white plate with round biscuits surrounded by red shiny beads and holly with a tartan bow.
Burnt Butter Biscuits by Larch from the Silver Nomad


  • 113 g (4oz) Butter
  • 85g (3oz) Caster Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 227 (8 oz) Self-raising Flour

Heat the oven to 180/350 degrees.

Put the butter in a pan and melt. Once fully melted, keep the butter on a low heat until the butter starts to turn brown and there are specks in it, basically burning it. Set it aside to cool.

Once cooled add the sugar and beat in. Add in the egg and flour and mix. Put teaspoons of the mixture on a greased baking tray (not too close as they do spread while cooking) for around 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown. Makes around 24

Potica – Slovenia Dessert

by Džangir from Dr Jam Travels

round marbled potica cake from Slovenia dusted with icing sugar and sitting on a red plate. The table has a lace tablecloth and there is dried flowers and net curtains in the background
Traditional Potica from Džangir from Dr Jam Travels


  • ½ kg flour
  • ¼ litre milk
  • 30 g yeast
  • 10 g salt
  • lemon rind
  • 20 ml rum
  • 60 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g butter
  • ½ kg walnuts

In a bowl, dissolve yeast, and add 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a cup of lukewarm milk. Leave for 10 minutes in a warm place.

In another bowl mix the remaining milk, egg yolks, sugar, salt, and lemon rind. Add melted butter and rum, and slowly pour into the flour. Add the risen yeast. Mix everything to a dough, and knead until smooth and cover it with a warm kitchen towel, and leave until it rises to double the size, one hour.

Once risen, roll out the dough on a table sprinkled with flour, into a square shape. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness.

Spread with melted butter, honey, raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon. Roll up like a jelly roll and pinch the ends. Place into the prepared baking tin.

Let it rise again for about one hour until it doubles in size. Preheat the oven to 180℃ and bake it for around 60 minutes until it is golden brown.

Bret’s Bourbon Balls (Lower Sugar Recipe)

by Bret Love & Mary from Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide

Cream plate with red swirls with a pile of bourbon balls with some holly on the side
Bret’s Bourbon Balls by Bret and Mary from Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Stevia
  • 2 tbs Hershey’s Dark Cocoa
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tbs light corn syrup
  • 2.5 cups Sugar-Free vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • grated zest of 1 orange.

Start by sifting 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup Stevia, and cocoa together into a medium-sized bowl.

Whisk the bourbon, corn syrup and orange zest together, then stir into cocoa mixture until smooth.

Next, crush the vanilla wafers in a food processor and mix them with the nuts, then stir into the cocoa mixture. 

Now you’re ready to put a little powdered sugar on your hands and roll the mix into one-inch balls, resisting the urge to lick your fingers after each one. Roll each ball in the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar until evenly coated, and store them in an airtight container at room temp. for up to a month. The bourbon flavour only seems to get more potent over time!  

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Favourite Christmas Recipes for you to try. Christmas biscuits, bonbons, cake and treats to eat at Christmas.
Favourite Christmas Recipes for you to try. Christmas biscuits, bonbons, cake and treats to eat at Christmas.

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