Step 1Pre-heat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Combine the butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Slowly add the egg and syrup and beat until smooth. Stir in the flour, baking powder and spices and mix thoroughly.
Step 2Knead the mixture together to make a smooth dough. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 3mm and using Christmas shaped cookie cutters, cut out various shapes and sizes of your choice.
Step 3If you wish to hand the biscuits as Christmas tree decorations, make holes at the top of each shape with a skewer to thread ribbon through once cooked.
Step 4Arrange the cookies on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 10-12 minutes until pale golden. Leave to harden on the tray for a couple of minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
Step 5To decorate the cookies, make up the icing according to pack instructions. Divide the icing between different bowls, pour a few drops of each food colouring into the icing and mix well.
Step 6Using a piping bag or a teaspoon, ice the cookies and decorate with coloured writing icing and silver balls.
Step 7Once the icing has set, thread ribbon through the holes to hang.
- 100 g Country Range Butter
- 100 g demerara sugar
- 200 g golden syrup
- 1 tsp Country Range Ground Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Country Range Ground Cloves
- 1 tsp Country Range Ground Ginger
- ½ tsp Country Range Ground Nutmeg
- ½ tsp Country Range Ground Black Pepper
- 2 tsp Country Range Baking Powder
- 500 g Country Range Baking Powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- For the icing and trimmings:
- 250 g instant royal icing
- food colouring (various colours)
- coloured writing incing
- silver balls
- coloured ribbon or thread
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