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Iced Christmas biscuits tied onto a tree with ribbon

Christmas biscuits

Published: October 26, 2021 at 3:45 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • plus chilling
  • Easy
  • Makes 25-30 medium-large biscuits

Our spiced festive cookies make the perfect edible Christmas decorations to hang from your tree or mantle. You can leave these iced biscuits out for Santa or wrap them up as a gift, the possibilities are endless!

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal195
fat6.1g
saturates3.7g
carbs31.7g
sugars14.9g
fibre1g
protein2.7g
salt0.2g
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Make our beautiful spiced Christmas biscuits, then check out our mince pies, panettone, Christmas brownies and more Christmas baking ideas. Get creative and make your own royal icing to decorate these biscuits.

Ingredients

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

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

  • STEP 2

    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. 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 3

    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 4

    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.

Enjoy baking more of our Christmas biscuits:

Gingerbread men

These gingerbread biscuits are bursting with fragrant cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg – decorate with a simple white icing or get creative with melted chocolate and sweets

A metal rack topped with gingerbread mean with white icing decorations

Christmas cookies

Use cranberries, pistachios and other festive ingredients to make these impressive cookies from Edd Kimber. You can even turn them into cookie sandwiches with a decadent pistachio buttercream!

Festive cranberry cookies sandwiched with pistachio filling

Lebkuchen

Honey-sweetened German treats spiced with cinnamon and ginger, lebkuchen are famously festive biscuits. Bake a batch this winter to really get into the Christmas market spirit

A plate of shaped biscuits with white icing on top, set on a wire rack

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