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Christmas biscuits

Ingredients

    100g butter

    175g caster sugar

    2 eggs

    2 egg yolks

    50g ground almonds

    240g plain flour

    120g butter

    250g icing sugar

    1-2 tbsp milk

    pinch of edible gold dust

    red food colouring (or whatever colour you suit)

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Dessert serves 1

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1.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together with an electric blender, until they form a creamy paste. Add the eggs and egg yolks and mix, then fold in the almonds and flour with a wooden spoon or spatula until fully combined.

2.

Press the mixture into a greased tray to a thickness of about ¼” (6mm) and bake for 10-12 minutes. The biscuit mixture is ready when it has just started to colour. Carefully turn out onto a sheet of baking parchment on a flat cool surface.

3.

While still warm to touch, use a cookie cutter to press out the shapes – but don’t try to lift them out until completely cooled, or they’ll break. Mix the butter and icing sugar together in a bowl, adding the milk as needed to make a smooth paste. (Tip: it’s much easier if you warm the butter.) 

 

4.

Ice the biscuits all over with the plain icing, adding some edible glitter for a festive feel. Then add a little red food colouring to the remaining icing, spoon it into a piping bag and draw on his shiny red nose.

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