Saturday, 15 December 2012

That Christmas Feeling - Spice Biscuits!

I am slowly getting into the Christmas spirit this year. Watching Nigel Slater on the TV last night, who has to be my favourite TV chef for his calmness and sheer gorgeousness of what he cooks, I suddenly knew I had to make some Christmas spice biscuits!

So I trundled off to Sainsbury's this morning which wasn't half as busy as I thought it would be (just wait for next weekend!) to buy the ingredients and cookie cutters I needed. I had to make do with hearts as the snowflake cutters were all gone.
I used Nigel Slater's recipe (see below) and ended up with three baking sheets of biscuits in different heart sizes.
 I decorated them with cinnamon icing in a ....let's call it "abstract" fashion with artistic industrial size blobs for added interest....... more is definitely more where I come from :D

They taste delicious (I've eaten three so far) and make your house smell beautiful!

The Recipe

70g butter
80g light muscovado sugar
2 tbsp treacle
250g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger (I put in two)
1 egg yolk
3 - 4 tsp milk

1. Cream butter and sugar
2. Beat in treacle and egg yolk
3. Add flour, spices and baking powder which have been sifted and mixed thoroughly beforehand
4. Add milk until dough resembles pastry and knead gently
5. Roll out thinly, cut out shapes and spread out on baking sheets
6. Cook at Gas Mark 4/350F/180C for approx 12 - 14 mins
7. Cool and decorate with water icing


  1. Mmmmmmm! these look wonderul. Happy Christmas to you. Kx
    If you fancy popping one in the post down the road.... :-)

  2. I bet these are as delicious as they are pretty! I love spiced cookies but recently had to go gluten freen. I have to try making a gluten free version! Hearts work for any time of the year. :)

  3. Interesting how we cook around the world. I would need a dictionary to look up a few of the ingredients and i am curious if you have a scale in your kitchen to weigh out the ingredients? In Canada we use the metric system for size (250 ml of flour or 125 ml of milk) or imperial( 1 cup of flour or 1/4 cup or milk)if we are using an American recipe which is quite common.Were they good?

  4. Thanks for your comments ladies!
    Cilla - they are delicious and the house smelled of cinnamon and ginger and treacle for hours after I made them. I used scales to measure out the ingredients but I often think the cup measuring system would be easier :D

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