How to make the best Christmas biscuits

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How to make the best Christmas biscuits 

Christmas biscuits are greedy and delicious sweets! Perfect to serve, give as gifts or hang on the tree! They are prepared with a base of shortcrust pastry and the classic Christmas molds: like Star, home, Reindeer, Gift box, Christmas tree, snowmen;

Oonce cooked in the oven, you can leave them simple, with a sprinkling of icing sugar or decorate them with Royal Ice as tradition dictates! Fragrant, crumbly to the bite, delicious, do you want to prepare them at home? Here is the recipe, tips and tricks illustrated with step-by-step photos to make the best Christmas biscuits just like the pastry ones!

It is an easy preparation, you just need a little time to have fun with the decorations! The dough is very simple and is done by hand without any difficulty and you can use the molds you want and you have available!

The secrets for having perfect Christmas biscuits

First of all carving a cold and hard shortcrust pastry; which together with the rest in the fridge, will allow you to have outlined shapes even after cooking!

Furthermore, once cooked, they must be cooled and only afterwards you can choose whether to serve simple Christmas biscuits , natural or with icing sugar; or decorated Christmas biscuits!

In this case I chose a white icing, but you can also use more colors, or just one color! It is very important to use a dense and non-liquid ice together with a spout with a micro hole! In the process all the details! And trust me, you will be amazed yourself at the result!

Christmas biscuits are ideal for Christmas snacks, desserts, buffets and parties for children and more! But also to pack individually or put in a gift box; or to be drilled and hung as decorations, on the Christmas tree and more! Try them and you will love them!

If you want the recipe for other delicious biscuits, try the tea biscuits too!

PS: For leavened, cakes and sweets, I recommend using a scale that measures grams and oz so that you can measure the ingredients accurately and get a great result. You can purchase the scale by clicking directly here.

Christmas biscuits
Christmas biscuits

Recipe Difficulty Level: not too tricky

Ingredients (for about 30 biscuits):

  • 280 g (2⅓ cups) of flour (‘00’)
  • 90 g (¾ stick) of butter
  • 90 g (¾ cup) of icing sugar
  • 6 g (2 tsp) of baking powder
  • 1 medium egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 vanilla bean

Ingredients for the decoration (Royal Icing):

  • 65 g (½ cup) of icing sugar 
  • half tablespoon of fresh lemon juice 
  • 15 g (0.5 oz) of white egg
  • Food colouring of your choice

Method:

In a bowl, add the flour, the baking powder, the icing sugar, and mix.

Create a hole in the centre and add the butter (cut in pieces), the internal seeds of a vanilla bean, 1 egg and 1 egg yolk.

Mix quickly the compost (the heat of your hands could excessively soften the butter, compromising in this way the final result.

(Indeed, if you knead for long, you will develop the gluten, which would render the biscuits tough).

Once you obtain a homogenous compost create a ball and flatten it a little bit. Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for half hour.

Spread a little flour on the table and expand the pastry on it using a rolling pin (it shall be no less of 1.5 cm (0.6 Inches) of thickness). 

With a cutter, create all the shapes you like. Lay them on a baking try covered with baking paper.

Cook the biscuits on pre-heated oven at 180 C (356 °F) for 13-14 minutes (the colour of the biscuits shall remain light).

Do you think to hang the biscuits as Christmas ornament?

Then, when they are ready and still warm, make a small hole with a toothpick on the top part. Once they become cold, you can take a ribbon and hang them.

How to do the perfect Royal Icing

In a bowl add the white egg, the lemon juice and whip for few seconds with an electric blender. Add the sugar. Whip until you obtain a homogeneous compost. Once ready, cover it with a plastic wrap in direct contact with the compost.

With a sac a poche decorate your biscuits. If you want to realise a colourful icing, add some natural food colouring.

Remember to eat them only once they cool down.

Enjoy! Buon appetito!

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