Christmas Spiced Biscuits

21 Dec

The ultimate in baking show-offiness is when you can make something really quickly and easily that tastes delicious and looks like you’ve spent hours on it. These spiced biscuits are just that. So incredibly simple to make, quick to prepare, no time at all in the oven (well, ok 12 – 15 minutes) a doddle to decorate, and ta daaa, result. If you have little ones around this is the ideal biscuit dough to let them play with and shape. And because the baking time is so short there is almost no boredom factor. Once they’re in the oven, a quick tidy and wash-up and they’re ready to cool and decorate. And of course it’s the decorating that’s so much fun. If you want to, you can poke a hole in the top of each biscuit before baking (use an old knitting needle) and then once cooled, thread some ribbon through the holes and hang the biscuits on your tree as edible decorations.

Christmas Spiced Biscuits

INGREDIENTS

225 g self raising flour
a generous rounded teaspoon each of ground ginger and mixed spice (or cinnamon if you prefer)
115 g golden caster sugar
115 g cold butter, cubed
1 medium egg lightly beaten

METHOD 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and have three baking sheets ready, lightly greased or sprayed with non-stick spray.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with your hands until combined.
  3. Now rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the beaten egg and mix with a fork and then with your hands until a stiff sough is formed.
  5. Knead the dough very gently on a floured surface then roll out to about 1/2 cm thick.
  6. Use a selection of cutters to shape the dough – I used trees and stars today but really, anything goes! – and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  7. If planning to hang on the tree, remember to poke a hole in each biscuit before baking.
  8. Place in the oven for between 12 and 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them because you want them to lightly golden brown, no darker.
  9. Once baked they’ll still be slightly soft to the touch but don’t worry, they’ll firm up as they cool on the rack.
  10. Once cooled, get decorating! I used red and green writing icing, some sugar balls, little edible snowflakes, and some shimmery strands, all readily available in large supermarkets.
  11. According to my younger son, they taste delicious with hot chocolate 🙂
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4 Responses to “Christmas Spiced Biscuits”

  1. Gargi Sharma December 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Mouth-watering already!

    • Edyth Miles December 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks Gargi! Try them – they’re soooo easy!

      • Gargi Sharma January 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

        I made them today. They tasted really good! 🙂

  2. Edyth Miles January 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    That’s great! It’s always nice to know that someone else has tried a recipe…and that it works!

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