Homemade biscuits are good at any time of the year, but how nice would it be to receive a tasty biscuit made specially for you as an extra special Christmas treat? Pretty nice we reckon!
Cake-maker Sarah Dando came up with this super easy Christmas biscuit recipe just for us. It’s a perfect Christmas recipe for kids to have a go at, and they’ll love getting their hands messy rubbing all the ingredients together.
The peppermint extract gives the biscuits a really Christmassy flavour, and the addition of jelly beans is an extra yummy little surprise!
As always, little ones will need a grown up to help them – especially for getting the biscuits in and out of the oven.
You can see more of Sarah’s beautiful cakes at Something Sweet Bakery.
Elf name Christmas biscuits recipe – by Sarah Dando
Makes 8 biscuits
Prep time: 15min | Cook: 12min | Ready in: 27min
125g plain flour
65g butter or margarine
35g icing sugar
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp milk
50g coloured fondant
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 2½.
Step 2. Place the flour, butter and sugar in a bowl. Rub together with your fingers (or whizz in a food processor) until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Step 3. Add the peppermint extract and a little milk until the mixture sticks together.
Step 4. Get your hands in and knead the mixture together to form a dough. You can put it in the fridge for a while, but it’s fine to use straight away too.
Step 5. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out to about 5mm thick (1/4 inch). Cut out your shapes – we used Christmas stockings – and place on a baking tray with some baking parchment or non-stick cooking sheets.
Step 6. Gently push some jelly beans into the biscuits.
Step 7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and harden.
Step 8. Once cooled, roll out some coloured fondant to about 5mm (1/4 inch) thick and cut out using your shape again, to fit the biscuits.
Step 9. Add the fondant to the biscuit using a little water to help it stick.
Step 10. Decorate your Christmas biscuit with Elf names. We used a letter embosser, but you can just as easily free-hand it, using a contrasting icing pen.