In this post I share a recipe from the glorious new baking book by Jo Seagar, simply titled Jo Seagar Bakes. I thought a good recipe to share from it would be her recipe for Special Christmas Cookies.

Jo Seagar Bakes Special Christmas Cookies

Jo Seagar Bakes Special Christmas Cookies

I made a double batch of these and packaged them up for Christmas gifts for the school teachers and kindy teachers. They were very well received and are obviously easy to make. I whipped them up between 5-6 on a week day whilst also cooking dinner and hoping my husband would be home in time for me to make it to a seminar that night. I had some help from one four year old and some hindrance from the other. Needless to say there was a lot of kitchen tidying up inflicted on my husband while I was out.

I realised when I typed out the recipe, unsurprisingly, that I had omitted several ingredients: baking soda (all used on making volcanoes the week before) and I forgot the salt and vanilla (purely lack of attention to detail), and the mixed spice was also missing. I think that had been added to the top of the volcano the other week.

The volcano making in fact used up a lot of my cupboard supplies. The experimentation came to an abrupt end however when two out three of my children ended up with cayenne pepper in their eyes. Yes lava is dangerous.

I guess my point is that these Jo Seagar’s Special Christmas Cookies are easy to make and pretty much fool proof so you could easily make some in the craziness that leads up to Christmas. Mine were definitely well received by everyone who got them as pressies…

Jo Seagar Bakes Special Christmas Cookies


I love Jo Seagar Bakes it is a beautiful cookbook, with loads of baking classics and some things that are a bit different. For information why not visit Jo Seagar’s site?

Jo seagar bakes

There are beautiful photos by Jae Frew, which are both rustic and charming yet contemporary. The photography really captures the essence of this wonderful book. This would make any mum a lovely Christmas present. It feels like it will be one of those cookbook classics that everyone owns as the years go by.

For some other simple Christmas recipes  you could try making this simple Christmas Cake or our Cheat’s Christmas cookies


Mummy to three small boys


Special Christmas Cookies
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 26
  • 125 g butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts, which I chopped in the food processor)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 cup mixed red red and green glace cherries, each chopped into 2-3 pieces (I added to the food processor once I had chopped hazel nuts
  1. Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees celcius and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Mix in the egg and vanilla, then the remaining ingredients.
  3. Put teaspoonfuls of the mixture on the the prepared baking trays, not too closely together as they will spread out a bit. Flatten with a wet fork.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Tip: chop the nuts and the glace cherries in my food processor to save time.
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