Today’s Advent activity was to make Christmas biscuits. This is, I will admit, a little early for the big day itself, but I am sure we will make some more before then, and I did have a slight ulterior motive…
BigSmall’s pre-school are having a biscuit decorating stall at a Christmas Fayre on Saturday, and we need lots of biscuits.
So I decided to work smart, and combine the two.
I thought I would share with you our favourite Christmas biscuit recipe. It is from a book called ‘Spectacular Cakes’ by the cake decorating goddess that is Mich Turner. This is a great book-not only does it has some amazing yet acheivable cake decorations, but the recipes are delicious-I have tried nearly all of them, and have yet to find one that doesn’t hit the spot!
This recipe is for Mich’s Spice Cookies.
This is what you need:
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 125g soft butter
- 125g light brown soft sugar
- 50g ground almonds
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 large egg, beaten
This is what you do:
- Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper (or I use the rubbery re-uesable sheets)
- Sieve together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger into a bowl
- Rub in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs (I did this in my free-standing mixer)
- Stir in the sugar, ground almonds and almond extract
- Stir in the beaten egg to bind the dough and knead into a neat ball.
- Wrap in clingfilm, or place in a freezer bag, and place in the fridge to rest for 20mins
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan.gas mark 4
- Lightly dust your worktop with flour and roll out the dough to about 5mm thick for small biscuits and about 1cm thick for bigger ones.
- Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheets and bake in the oven until they are golden around the edges (about 10mins for small biscuits, and 14mins for large ones)
- Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before carefully lifting them onto a cooling rack to cool completely
You can then eat them, decorate them (and then eat them) or freeze them un-iced ready for nearer to Christmas.
We ate some. We will decorate some tomorrow. Doubtless with copious amounts of icing, and vast numbers of sprinkles. And I have put some in the freezer ready for the Fayre at the weekend.
Hope you enjoy!
Update: Here they are in all their iced glory…