Christmas Biscuits

Lovely biscuits, great to eat or great to decorate with.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

2. Crumble the flour and butter in a bowl with your hands until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and spices.

3. Add the egg, stirring until a dough comes together. Knead gently till smooth. Place onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to the thickness of about 5mm.

4. use your favourite cutters, then lift the biscuits carefully with a palette knife and place, spacing them evenly, on baking sheets lined with baking parchment. Make a hole in the top of each biscuit with a chopstick.

5. Bake for 10–12 minutes till golden. Push the chopstick back into each of the holes while the biscuits are still soft. Leave to cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack. When cool, you can decorate the biscuits and thread with ribbon to hang on the tree.

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