These adorable biscuits make great sweet treats for festive parties, or packaged up as a gift for friends and family. The cinnamon and spices add a real warmth – the taste of Christmas!
Ready in 20 minutes, makes 20-24 biscuits. Suitable for children 1 year+ & whole family
100g light brown soft sugar
1 medium egg
1 medium egg
2 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cinnamon
Dried cranberries for the chests
Raisins for the eyes
150g Icing sugar
Red and black food colouring
In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and creamy. Add the egg, then sift in the flour and spices. Mix well to form a dough. Shape into a flat ball or disc, and then wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough, place between 2 sheets of cling film, and roll out to about 5mm thick. Using a bird cookie cutter cut out 20-24 shapes.
Place the biscuit shapes on the baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes on the tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
To decorate, make icing mixing icing sugar with a little water until you get the consistency of thick honey. Using a disposable piping bag with a small writing nozzle to decorate. Once iced you can stick on a flattened dried cranberry for the chest or glace cherry and sultanas for the eyes. Leave the icing to set before serving.
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