When I discovered these super cute Xmas holly baking decorations a couple of years ago I thought they would look adorable on the cream cheese icing of my Citrus Slice. I also changed the recipe a bit to make it more Xmasy. It’s great to have on hand to take to Xmas functions and looks cute in a Xmas box with some fudge as a gift.
395g sweetened condensed milk
2 packets of 250g round wine biscuits, finely crushed
1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
1 packet mixed peel
1 lemon, finely grated zest
1 orange, finely grated zest
( I don’t always use the lemon and/or orange as I think the mixed peel gives enough flavour )
1/2 cup chopped cranberries
1/2 cup toasted chopped pistachios
50g cream cheese ( not light )
1 lemon, finely grated. Optional: to make it a little more Xmasy I leave out the lemon and add Wilton brandy flavour.
1½ cups icing sugar
Grease and line the base of a 30cm x 25cm slice tin
Melt butter and add the sweetened condensed milk stirring to combine.
Add the remaining ingredients for the base and mix to combine.
Press the base into the slice tin.
To make the icing, soften the cream cheese a little and then add butter and continue to soften. Beat together. Add the lemon zest ( or brandy flavour ) and icing sugar to get the desired consistency. Spread over the base and refrigerate.
I cut into 3cm x 3cm pieces (and yes I use a ruler to measure it! ) and then put the holly on.
In NZ, I got my Wilton Xmas Holly from Milly’s Kitchen. They do online sales but I can’t see these listed so if you can’t make it to Milly’s you could try ringing and see if they can do phone sales.
Look Sharp also stock Wilton cake decorating goods so you could have a look there.