Saturday, 7 December 2013

Peppermint sugar snap Christmas biscuits

Another day, another little baking activity with my (spectacularly ungrateful!) boys - and with Christmas coming we wanted something festive. I thought that some little snowflake biscuits would be lovely, then also thought some little scenes with snowmen would be sweet. 

So here's our peppermint snowman scene biscuits!

To make some of these for yourself you'll need;

2 cups of plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/4 cups of butter
1 tsp peppermint essence

To make them just mix all your dry ingredients, then work in the butter, chopped into small pieces. 

Then add in your peppermint flavour and work in through the dough. 

This is the kind of dough that you can roll into a nice fat sausage and chill for a couple of hours to slice nice thin biscuits from; I didn't do that because I (the boys) wanted to roll them out and use the big flower shaped cutter, because it's the closest thing we had to a snowflake. 

The dough is pretty soft before chilling so we rolled it out on the baking parchment, cut the shapes then pulled out the dough from between each 'snowflake' then slid the parchment onto a tray and popped it in the oven, which worked beautifully.

I had the oven on gas mark 4 and baked them for 20 minutes - I think a notch higher, or an extra few minutes, would have been beneficial, my biscuits are a touch on the soft side; this is also, I suspect, helped by the chilling.

Once they had cooled I mixed some simple icing - icing sugar, a dribble of water, a drop of peppermint essence - and I shared the biscuits out over three trays - one for each child, and one for me. I blobbed a bit of icing into the middle and gave each boy a plastic knife to spread it, then handed out the icing pens and mini marshmallows to decorate them - and I got on with carefully spreading my icing and making cheerful little snowmen!

Above are examples of what I created - happy little snowmen on Christmas themed biscuits. 

This is what the boys created - each totally individual, just like a snowflake SHOULD be!

There was a tiny nibbling incident as they were decorated - but these really are delicious - so who can blame them?! 

Enjoy your festive nibbles! Now I really need to add some bigger jeggings and spanx to my Christmas list...

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