Sunday 25 December 2016

Christmas Snowflake Biscuits

Hi everyone, I can't believe it's Christmas already, where has this month gone, in fact this whole year has been a blur!  Anyway, the other day I made these very pretty Snowflake biscuits.  When I made them last year, they were ok not great but this time I've made them with slightly different ingredients and I can honestly say, they taste amazing!

So if you fancy having a go at making them ready for Christmas, keep on reading and I'll show you how :-)

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Once you've gathered up your ingredients, measure out the butter (best used at room temperature) and the sugar.

I usually use my trusty food mixer but this time I thought I'd have a go at mixing the ingredients in a bowl instead, just to see if they would come out any better.  Mix the two together until they're nice and smooth.

Measure out the flour.  You can also add baking powder and salt if you like but I forgot to add these and it didn't seem to make any difference!  Add the flour to the sugar/butter mixture, a little at a time and blend together until you have a soft dough.  If it seems very crumbly and dry, add a splash of milk and mix it in well.  Mine seemed ok, so I didn't add any milk.

Now tip the dough out on to a lightly floured board and roll it nice and evenly with a rolling pin, I would advise using a wooden rolling pin or a ceramic one with a little flour on it, I couldn't find my new ceramic one so had to use my glass one again, and like last year, the dough kept sticking to it even though I kept adding flour!  Such a pain.

Moving on to the next stage, cut out as many snowflake shapes as you can, I did 8 large and 10 small, just so I had a couple of spares and thankfully just had enough dough.

Put the shapes on a lightly floured baking tray and put them in the oven on 150ยบ for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and firm.  You may need to rotate the trays half way through so they cook evenly.  With my weird oven however, I had to cook them for nearly 45 mins but just keep checking them and go by how they look.

When they're done, either leave the tray on the side and cover with a tea towel to cool or if you can (without them breaking), carefully lift the biscuits off the tray and lay them on a wire rack.

When the biscuits are completely cooled, you can start decorating them.  To make up the icing, measure approximately 4 tablespoons of icing sugar in to a bowl and gradually add teaspoonfuls of luke-warm water, mix really well until you have a smooth paste, don't have it too thick or too runny.

Add spoonfuls of the icing in to a piping bag and just snip off the very tip, only about 2-3mm down, so you get a nice thin line.

You could use food colour if you want and do a different pattern, have a look on pinterest or google images there's a hundred and one ideas!  I wanted to make the small snowflakes stick to the big ones, so I just added a little icing to the bottom of the small one like using a glue, and stuck them in place.  Then I just carefully decorated them.  You could also add sprinkles, chocolate flakes or little 'hundreds & thousands' or just keep them simple whatever you like really.

One thing I will say, I think it really helped using the raw cane sugar instead of regular white sugar, it gave the biscuits are much more crunchy baked taste, it's also supposed to be alot better for you as well, as it is natural sugar and not bleached which has a lot of chemicals in, so extra bonus points for that too.


I hope you like this post.  If you fancy having a go at making these biscuits, please send me your pics on Twitter @DaniJ72 I'd love to see them :-)  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas whatever you're doing and who ever you're spending it with xxx
Until Next Time Stay Happy

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