I’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit the last couple of days… I absoloutly adore baking around this time of year, and I love the joy of giving and recieving homemade delicious treats. My favourite little biscuit recipe is divine – so easy to make, you would more than likely have the ingredients in your pantry, and they taste so damn good! Although I love rich cookies, I can’t go past a cinnamon biccy –beware though you can’t stop after one… You can spice these simple biscuits up with icing, I personally love a lemon one as the spice of the cinnamon complements the sour zestyness of the lemon.
- 2 1/5 cup plain flour, sifted
- 1 tsp baking powder, sifted
- 1 tbl cinnamon, sifted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, soft and chopped into small sqaures
- 1 egg, whisked
- 3 1/2 tbl golden syrup (alternatively honey)
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1 tbl lemon zest, finely grated
- squeeze lemon juice
Makes about 25 biscuits
Place the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and then stir in the sugar.
Add the butter and rub together in the flour mixture with your fingertips until the mixture looks like bread crumbs.
Place the egg and golden syrup into a jug and mix until smooth.
Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and slowly pour the egg in. Mix everything together until well combined and it is turned into a big ball of dough. (You may need to add some more liquid to the recipe depeding on the size of the egg – if it’s too floury add another ½ egg).
Wrap the dough in cling wrap or plastic and place in the fridge for 30 minutes (which will make it easier to roll out).
Set the oven to 170c just after you’ve placed the dough in the fridge so it has time to heat up.
To make the icing mix the ingredients together in a bowl, and add 2 tbl hot water (the consistency should be a little runnier then a cake frosting).
Use a board or benchtop and dust with flour. Using a rolling pin roll dough to about half a centremetre. Use cutters (in my case star ones) to create decorative shapes. Line two baking trays with baking paper and evenly place the dough shapes onto the trays.
Place the trays into the oven and bake for roughly 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Once cooked leave to cool on a wire rack before spreading lemon icing.
Keep these yummy treats in an airtight container in the cupboard. Great for a treat in school lunches or a dessert after dinner!
Happy baking, love Jem x