Christmas spice biscuits

Christmas spice biscuits

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Baking
Makes
80-100
Photographer
Vanessa Levis

If you want to hang these biscuits on the Christmas tree, make a hole at a top point of each biscuit before baking then thread a fine ribbon through the hole to tie it to a branch. The baked biscuit may also be decorated with icing to serve. Or, if you prefer, these biscuits can be slipped into small cellophane bags and sealed, to make pretty little gifts for visitors. Let the children help with the decorating; they will add a bit of fun with their often comical ideas.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
400g self-raising flour
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
110g caster sugar
110g firmly packed brown sugar
250g butter, diced
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
sifted icing sugar, to dust

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two large baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour, salt, spices and sugars into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour mixture until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  3. Combine the milk and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and stir into the flour mixture. Knead lightly to form a firm but elastic dough. Halve the dough and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out one half of the dough (leaving the other half in the fridge) to a thickness of 4 mm and cut out biscuits with fancy biscuit cutters, such as hearts, angels, reindeer, stars and trees. Arrange on the trays, allowing room for spreading. Re-knead the dough scraps and chill before rolling out again. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  5. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool and store in airtight containers. Dust with icing sugar if you like before serving.

Tips

  • Baking trays should always be cold before arranging uncooked biscuits on top, otherwise the biscuits will lose their shape.

    These biscuits can be decorated with a soft icing (see Ginger Crisp Biscuits). This is a job children enjoy doing, as they get to use their own imagination.
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