Christmas biscuits: let’s bake!

Christmas biscuits: let’s bake!

By 20/12/2013

My children were nagging me for some time to make some Christmas biscuits, so today I finally gave in and made them happy. This will be my last baking before Christmas. But certainly not the last cooked meal! I wanted to make this delicious Panforte from Grandmother's Kitchen's website but I decided to make biscuits instead. It will be next on my list though!

Like everybody else, the next few days are going to be pretty hectic, queuing in a supermarket with a full trolley as there will be tons of cooking in the next week so I will need plenty of food in.

This year I have tried to plan my meals ahead more carefully but as usual I will always forget something! I have already bought some bits and bobs though but the biggest shopping is  yet to come!

In the meantime I can still chill out sitting and munching these biscuits with a cup of tea. I must say they were worth all the effort!

  • Prep Time : 2 hours minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Put the flour on your worktop and make a hole in the middle. Add the egg, salt, sugar, the softened butter cut into pieces, lemon juice and zest and the vanilla essence
ingredients for the pastry
Combine the ingredients quickly together and shape into a ball. Put it in the fridge for 20 minutes wrapped in cling film.
With a rolling pin roll the pastry flat about 1/2 cm thick.
With a pastry cutter cut the pastry into stars, smaller stars,Christmas trees and reindeers.
cutting the pastry
Then with a round pastry cutter cut some circles. Half of them will need to have a hole in the middle. I have used a smaller pastry cutter in the shape of a star.
Make some smaller circles and put a nut in the middle or a glazed cherry
cutting pastry
Lay the biscuits on a baking baking tray over a sheet of baking paper and cook them at 180 C for about 15 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and place the biscuits on a rack to cool.
Make the snowy stars by stirring in a bowl the ricotta with the brown sugar. Spread it well over the star shaped biscuits then sprinkle plenty of dessicated coconut over them
spreading ricotta
snowy star
Make the jam biscuits by sprinkling with icing sugar the halves with the hole  and by spreading the jam over the halves without the hole.
Then lay the two sides together like a sandwich.
jam biscuits

jam biscuit

Melt the chocolate by putting in it in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add a tsp of butter to the chocolate whilst it is melting. This will give it a more shiny and silky texture.

Brush the reindeers and the Christmas trees with the chocolate, then leave them to dry on a rack

spreading chocolate

Whilst the chocolate is still soft decorate the trees with the smaller star biscuits on top and with the little chocolate balls; put a small ball on the reindeers to resemble an eye

raindeer

christmas tree coated in chocolate

Brush the almond and cherry biscuits with chocolate all around them, then sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts

almond biscuits

Let them dry over a rack

biscuits on rack

SO FESTIVE, AREN'T THEY? HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas biscuits

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7 Responses to Christmas biscuits: let’s bake!

  1. Javelin Warrior

    These are marvelous, Alida! I love the choice of decoration mediums and so beautifully done… These would be both lovely on a dessert table or even as a holiday gift!

    • Alida

      Thank you Mark. I thought of giving some away as presents but they went all very quickly! 🙂

  2. Mich Piece of Cake

    What awesome festive cookies Alida. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. Catherine

    Dear Alida,

    These cookies are beautiful. I am sure your children were very happy that you made cookies. These are such beautiful memories for your children.

    I bet you will be making so many beautiful dishes for the coming week and all with love and care.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year. xo Catherine xo

  4. Louise

    I must thank your children for the “nagging” Alida. Your cookies are just lovely and the decorations are simply amazing! I’m more than intrigued with those Stars, although, the Reindeer are adorable too. I have a sneaky suspicion most of these goodies are gone! I do hope you saved some for Santa, lol…Thank you so much for sharing, Alida. Wishing You and Your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    • Alida

      Thank you Louise, have a lovely Christmas too and I am sure your Christmas table would be full of beautiful homemade food! Ciao!

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