Yes it is that time of year again to get into the festive mood and I have some delicious Christmas biscuits flavoured with nutmeg and vanilla which will make great gifts or look lovely hanging from your tree.
I don’t think these Christmas biscuits have to be decorated, they are sweet enough on their own. And, sometimes we just want something that has a slight kick to it, which these festive biscuits do. But if you want to make them pretty use some royal icing, and remember less is more (unless you are feeding a gaggle of children of course).
These Christmas biscuits are also sturdy enough for little hands to decorate them with some glacé icing and sprinkles.
The dough for these biscuits will also withstand a lolly stick being inserted into them just like these very similar ones, if you roll the dough out thick enough. I’d recommend about 7mm in thickness.
Also, if you prefer crunchier Christmas biscuits roll the dough out slightly thinner and keep an eye on them after about 8 minutes, especially if your shape has thin edges such as the Christmas trees I have done in this recipe.
Christmas Biscuits with Nutmeg and Vanilla
- 350g self raising flour
- 125g butter
- 175g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
- In a food processor mix the flour, nutmeg and butter and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
- Add the sugar and give a good blitz to mix
- Add the egg, vanilla extract and golden syrup and mix until the mixture starts becoming a ball of dough
- Remove the dough from the processor, bring together into a ball of dough and wrap in cling film
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes in the fridge
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ Gas mark 4
- Tip the dough out onto a floured surface (I do this in small batches so say a third of the dough at a time, putting the rest of the dough back into the fridge until ready to use)
- Roll the dough out to a thickness of between 5 and 7 mm depending on how crunchy you want your Christmas biscuits to be
- Use cookie cutters to cut into the shapes you require
- If you want to hang the biscuits with ribbon use either a special tiny cutter to cut out the shape or the end of a teaspoon to make a hole, remember to make it big enough allowing for spread
- Bake the biscuits on parchment lined baking trays for 8-10 mins
- Remove from the oven and cool the biscuits on a wire rack
- *If the holes have become too small during the baking process push the end of a spoon through gently again to open them up before the biscuits harden completely
- Optional: Decorate with royal or glacé icing and decorations such as glitter, metallic edible balls and sprinkles.
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