Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Tree Biscuit Decorations

Finally got to use my pretty baubles
It's nearly Christmas! Hooray! I wanted to have a full day of Christmas baking- but alas! I ran out of time and only managed these tree decs and some macarons. Another day. These biscuits are from the December 2011 issue of Good Food (with a tiny flavour addition) and are really easy. I chose them for their sturdiness. Hopefully they will still be good for munching on over the coming days.

This list made 16 and there's still half of the mixture in the freezer.
225g butter, soft
225g caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
zezt of a lemon
freshly grated cinnamon
450g strong white flour (or plain)
silver balls, edible glitter, water icing (quite thick), wool

- cream together the butter and sugar and add the egg, flavours and a pinch of salt and mix.
-Add the flour gradually and mix until smooth. You may need to do this in a kneading action rather than a stirring one.
-tip out on to the work surface and shape in to a ball and fridge for half an hour.
-preheat the oven to gas 4/ 180C and line a few baking sheets. Roll the dough to 1/2 cm thick and stamp out with some cutters. Make a hole in the tops with a chopstick, or whatever, and bake for 12 minutes. Leave to cool, decorate, string up and hang on the tree!

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