Spiced Christmas biscuits

Spiced Christmas biscuits

  • makes 25-30 medium-large biscuits
  • A little effort
Our festive biscuits make perfect edible Christmas decorations to hang from your tree or mantle. You can leave them out for Santa or wrap them up as a gift, the possibilities are endless!
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Ingredients

  • light muscovado sugar 225g
  • golden sugar 175g
  • cinnamon 2 tsp
  • ground ginger 2 tsp
  • ground allspice 1/2 tsp
  • eggs 2
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • plain flour 650g, plus extra for dusting
  • butter 200g, chilled and roughly grated
  • royal icing sugar 100g

Method

  • Step 1

    Mix the sugar, syrup, spices and eggs in a jug. Tip the baking powder and flour into a bowl and add the butter, stir it through the flour and then rub it in thoroughly until it looks like breadcrumbs.

  • Step 2

    Add the contents of the jug and a pinch of salt and stir the mixture to combine it. Use your hands to bring the dough together and then knead it until it’s smooth.

  • Step 3

    Divide the dough into 4 and press each into a disc. Put in plastic bags and chill for at least an hour.

  • Step 4

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roll the dough out in batches on a lightly floured worksurface to the thickness of a pound coin and cut out shapes.

  • Step 5

    Use the narrow end of a piping nozzle to make a hole at the top of the shapes big enough to thread ribbon or string through. Lift them with a palette knife onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

  • Step 6

    Bake in batches for 10-15 mins, depending on size. Leave for 5 minutes before moving off the tray to cool fully on a wire rack. Keep rolling, cutting and baking until they’re all done.

  • Step 7

    Make up a batch of icing following the instructions on the packet – you’re looking for a texture similar to toothpaste – then put into a piping bag fitted with a small nozzle. Decorate the biscuits, following our designs or use your own. Leave to cool and harden.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 195
  • Fat 6.1g
  • Saturates 3.7g
  • Carbs 31.7g
  • Sugars 14.9g
  • Fibre 1g
  • Protein 2.7g
  • Salt 0.2g
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