Christmas in Sydney is a hot and humid affair. There`s none of the snow and ice skating and roasting things by a roaring fire. Here it is a swim after a cold seafood lunch and trying to avoid the flies and sunburn.
My whole life I have wanted to experience a white Christmas and last year The Hungry Family experienced the best Christmas of our lives! We spent a cold, white, snow-filled Christmas in Whistler, Canada and it was magically beautiful. To say a white Christmas exceeded our very high expectations is an understatement.
From our amazing accommodation – complete with an open fire – to the metres of snow that fell like magic it was such an incredible experience.
Misses 8 and 10 spent the entire trip in a state of wonder. Watching their faces when we first saw the snow, or walking through the falling snow, or ice skating or going on a horse drawn sleigh, was priceless.
We were so blessed – both my mum and mum-in-law came so we had a white Christmas with family. We could not have asked for anything more. We were joined by our Canadian relatives who we hadn`t seen in 5 years and we spent many a fun evening catching up.
We had a week in Whistler and I only spent a day ski-ing. Having not skied since I was a child I was more interested in all the other aspects of a snowy Christmas – drinking rum by the fire, dinking hot chocolate, exploring the shops, and baking!
Every year, as I do my Christmas baking in 35C heat, I fantasise about how more pleasant baking would be in a cold climate. Last year, watching the snow fall while I pottered in the kitchen, I was proved correct.
There was one day when the gals and the Hungry Dad were snow boarding and the mums were lunching in the village. I spent hours and hours baking Christmas bickies and brownies and listening to Wham! singing Last Christmas. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. I didn`t know how well-equipped the kitchen in our rental would be so I packed baking trays, mixing bowls, cookie cutters, cooling racks and my favourite spatula. As it turned out, the kitchen was truly luxurious and had everything a baker could ever need.
We were so lucky and I will treasure the memories of this white Whistler family Christmas forever.
Among other things I baked these easy Christmas peanut butter cookies topped with a Herseys Kiss. These can be tricky to find in Australia so feel free to add your favourite chocolate – I reckon Jaffas would be fab. You can use a mixer or do by hand.
115 grams butter, diced
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
48 Hersheys chocolate kisses, unwrapped
1/3 cup green sprinkles
LET`S GET TO IT:
Preheat oven to 180c and line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
Place green sprinkles on a large flat plate, set aside.
In a large bowl cream together the peanut butter and butter then stir in both sugars and mix until pale. Mix in vanilla, egg and milk until combined then stir in flour and mix until thoroughly mixed.
Roll dough into balls the size of a walnut then roll in the green sprinkles.
Bake for 8-10 minutes then remove from oven and immediately press a Kiss into the centre of each bickie. Remove to wire rack to cool.