Gibby and I have baked today. I’ll give you a minute to recover from the shock . . .
. . . ok? Good. It’s what we’re doing for a hand-made gift this year. I should start by saying if you don’t already know, that I f-ing HATE cooking/baking/domestic things in general. But getting messing with Gibby and giving a gift with a bit of thought behind it – now that’s something that does appeal. That’s why these biscuits are perfect. DEAD easy to make, fun to decorate, and they absolutely taste like Christmas. Honestly they do! I wouldn’t win the British Bake Off or anything, but they’re flippin tasty (and presentation plays a big part too).
I’ve no idea where I got this recipe as I’ve had it a while now on a scrap of paper in the back of a cook book. It may have been my Mums I think. Anyhoo – you will need:
- 110g butter (room temperature)
- 150g caster sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 220g plain flour
- 1 x teaspoon all spice or nutmeg
- 1 x teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Icing sugar and edible glitter or sprinkly things for decoration
And here’s what you do
- Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees (fan assisted).
- Grease a baking sheet or line with baking paper.
- Beat together butter, sugar and then egg yolks.
- Slowly add the flour (with the spices mixed into it) till you get a nice dough – you may not need it all.
- Roll out on a floured surface to about half a cm , and cut into appropriate Christmas shapes with cutters.
- Bake for 10-15 mins depending on size (till they’re light golden brown at the edges).
- When cool, mix water to a few spoons of icing sugar drop by drop, till you get a nice mixture: runny enough for you and your little one to drizzle over the biscuits.
- Go bonkers with the edible glitter and sprinkles.
Told you it was easy. You can even just decorate with a sprinkle of icing sugar through a sieve if you’re really short of time or inclination. I let Gibby do the decorating herself. As a result, they do not look pristine or picture perfect. They look like a toddler made them, but I think that’s all part of the charm!
When they’re fully set, we put them in a clean kilner jar, with some ribbon, glittery paper on the top, and wee baubles so they look extra pretty. Aw – who wouldn’t love to receive this? Especially with a nice bottle of mulled wine!
Good work my little Nigibbler :-)