Biscuit decorations

Biscuit decorations

Easy, pretty and fun to make, these Christmas decorations will not only add the homemade feel to your Christmas tree but give the family a lovely treat over the festive period.

  • Beat together 100g soft brown sugar and 100g unsalted butter or margarine until pale and fluffy.
  • Add in two eggs and one dessertspoon of honey. Beat the mixture until thoroughly blended.
  • Sift 300g plain flour into the bowl and add one teaspoon of ground spice and one teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • Mix it until you have a dough. Leave it in the bowl, cover and put in the fridge to chill for at least half an hour.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, to just less than half a centimetre thickness. Cut into festive shapes – stars, trees, angels – but nothing too fiddly that will break easily.
  • With a knife, gently make a hole at the top of each shape (not too close to the edge or it might break once cooked).
  • Place each shape on a lightly greased baking tray.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at gas mark 3 (170°C or 325°F). When cooked, the biscuits should feel firm but remember they will harden a little more when they are cooling on a rack.
  • Decorate with white icing patterns and silver balls, or with whatever your kids think looks pretty from your baking cupboard. Thread a little ribbon through each decoration to hang on your tree.

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Savvy Tip
The little ribbons inside new clothes that are used to hang them up are perfect for this job as they are thin and come in different colours.

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