13 December 2011

Christmas Hearts & Stars (and trees)!


I had a brain wave over the weekend!  I found my long lost Christmas cookie cutters and decided that I needed to urgently make some Christmas biscuits!!  The brilliant brain wave of icing them with white, peppermint icing and sprinkled with crushed candy canes sealed the deal.

This recipe for Christmas Hearts and Stars (thanks to my Granny's Biscuits recipe book) turned out a brilliant batch of biscuits, also suitable for hanging on the Christmas tree (but ours didn't last that long).  I am sure any basic biscuit recipe would work fine, but the special Christmas icing is a must at this time of year!!

Ingredients
250g butter, softened
 cup sugar
1 egg
1½ cups flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Cream butter and sugar and beat in egg.  Sift flour and salt and add gradually to butter mixture.  Add vanilla.  Wrap the dough and chill well.  If the dough seems a little brittle, soften by kneading with your hands.

Roll out to 6 mm -thick and cut with heart or star shapped cutters.  If you want to hang the biscuits make a small hole near the top of each one.

Bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes, unti very lightly coloured.  Allow to cool on the baking tray and decorate with white icing (I added peppermint essence) and sprinkle with silver balls (I used crushed candy canes).

Delicious!


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11 comments:

  1. Hmm great recipe thanks for sharing!

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  2. They look AMAZING!
    What a great idea Kristy! Have you pinned this?? If you don't I will
    xx

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  3. Kristy, I just opened a Christmas linky on my blog... would love you to come by and link up this post and any others you have to share about Christmas!

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  4. Mmmm they look delicious! Will have to pick up some cookie cutters and do this with the kids sometime - Christmas is turning out to be a bit of a non-event in this house, sadly.

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  5. Hey PJ, made your gingerbread cookies yesterday and they were yummo, even with white instead of brown sug!!!

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  6. oh snap! i totally had this same idea to do with kiddos tomorrow!!
    and it was inspired from seeing YOUR crushed up candy canes in another recipe...

    doo-doo-doo-doo-dooo.. (<<weird music!!)

    lol X

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  7. These look yummy! I would NEVER think of adding crushed up peppermint to the top of cookies. That is pure genius! :)

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  8. I have just made up this recipe and I was wondering if the measurements are correct as it was a very creamy mixture much like creamed sugar and butter would be on its own. Can you please confirm that the measurements here are correct for me please. I hope to make these for my son to take to shared lunch tomorrow. Thanks Lesley

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  9. Hi flippiesforever - no, those measurements are exact and the ones I used for the recipe to turn out fine. Did you pop it in the fridge for the recommended time? If you don't, it will be creamy and won't harden.

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  10. Thanks for that, I am really impatient and just added another cup and half of flour eeek, they have just come out of the oven so hopefully they will taste as good as they look :)

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  11. Just made these Kristy! thanks for the recipe!

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