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Snowball Truffles
Hanging Santa
Pipe Cleaners, Colds and Christmas
Bath Bombs
The Fun of Christmas Decorations
Old-fashioned Crêpe Paper Chains
Secret Gilded Walnuts
Beaded Icicles
Feather Angels
Christmas Bunch of Baubles
Crackers and Pullers
All Presents and Correct
Shrinkie Key Rings
Funky Bookmarks
Christmas Pud Truffles
Herb Jelly
Crunchy Sugar Mice
Old-fashioned Peppermint Creams
Christmas Star Biscuits
Chocolate-dipped Orange Peel
Cherry Shortbread Mice
Candy Striped Pencils
Decorated Wax Candles
Honeycomb Rolled Candles
Christmas Wreath
Kissing Bough
Glass Tree Biscuits

Old-fashioned Peppermint Creams

These simple, old-fashioned sweets make a great Christmas present dressed up in a pretty box. This recipe was given to Tamsin by one of her lovely volunteers at the museum. Make them about a week before you need them.

You’ll need: 
1 or 2 pkt dried egg white - the equivalent to 2 egg whites (available in supermarkets) 
60ml warm water 
700g icing sugar (plus a little extra to dust on surfaces) 
3-4 drops Langdale’s peppermint essence (to taste) 
1 tsp glycerine (optional, but keeps creams soft) 
Gift boxes 

Mix the egg white powder with a third of the icing sugar (ignore the instructions on the egg white packet). Put the water into a bowl and beat in the egg white/icing sugar mix until thoroughly blended. Add the peppermint essence and glycerine. Then gradually add the rest of the icing sugar, mixing well until you have a stiff paste that can be rolled out. 
Sprinkle a work surface and rolling pin with more icing sugar. Roll out the paste to ½ cm thick and cut into shapes using cutters (dust them with icing sugar first to stop them sticking). Place the shapes on a cooling tray covered with greaseproof paper, and leave for 24 hours. When dry, pack them in a gift box in layers with waxed paper or baking parchment in between. 
Alternatively, you can melt and dip them in a little chocolate to make Chocolate Peppermint Creams.