Welcome to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today is the 2nd December which means I am sharing my 2nd Christmas DIY with you.
Christmas can be a seriously expensive time of year and so I will be sharing DIY Christmas gift ideas as well as some thrifty decor ideas to help you to stay on budget this December.
On the 2nd DIY of Christmas Thrifty Londoner sent to me…
DAIRY FREE BISCUITS
No Christmas is complete without the addition of some festive biscuits, especially if you bake them yourself. There is nothing more festive than the smell of mixed spice and baking in the kitchen- I love to bake with friends and so as well as being a cheap gift, making these biscuits could also be the perfect thrifty night in too!
I have altered the original recipe for these biscuits as I am lactose intolerant, but if you would prefer to use dairy in this recipe just use butter and real milk instead of the alternatives I list and they will turn out just fine!
This recipe has been used by my family at Christmas time for around 10 years or more, and we have a tradition of making them in the days leading up to Christmas. My mum tore the original recipe out of a book years ago, and we have been adapting the recipe to suit ourselves ever since.
A dairy free biscuit will make an ideal addition to any thrifty food hamper, and will more importantly keep the cost down! Here’s how you can make them…
75g dairy free margarine
65g caster sugar
1 egg, separated
150g self raising flour
1/2 tsp mixed spice
A little plant based milk of your choosing (I use oat milk)
For the icing:
Hundreds and Thousands
Preheat oven: 200 degrees
1. Cream margarine and sugar and beat in egg yolk. Fold sieved flour into creamed mixture. Add spice and enough milk to make a soft dough.
2. Place in the fridge to become firm.
3. Knead lightly and roll out 6mm thick. Cut out with cutter. Put on baking tray and prick over with a fork.
4. Bake for 15 minutes and allow to cool.
5. Once cooled mix up icing sugar and a dash of water by eye until the consistency is slightly runny.
6. Spread the icing over the biscuits and add hundreds and thousands whilst the icing is still wet.
7. Allow the icing to dry.
So there you have it, a super simple dairy free biscuit recipe that will be enjoyed by any recipient. The ingredients are cheap and can be found in most store cupboards so hopefully the cost of this DIY gift will be very little. You could even add a cute recipe card inside the hamper so that the recipient can make the biscuits again themselves.
Another spin on this gift could be to add the dry ingredients into a jar (sugar, flour, mixed spice) and add a label with the recipe on either side so that the receiver of your gift could have a go at making the dairy free biscuit themselves!
Check out the rest of the 12 DIYs of Christmas here:
Day 1: a hand embroidered tee
Day 3: upcycle a photo frame
Day 4: how to make a pomander
Day 5: how to make felt baubles
Day 6: gingerbread fudge recipe
Day 9: a potted seedling gift
Day 10: make your own Santa sack
Day 11: a handmade wreath
Day 12: a pom pom garland