Christmas tree biscuits

Yield: 16 Servings

Measure Ingredient
6 ounces Plain flour
½ teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon Ground mixed spice
2 ounces Butter, chilled and cubed
3 ounces Soft light brown sugar
2 tablespoons Golden syrup, heated
1 Egg, beaten
Plain flour for dusting
9 ounces Packet coloured fondant
Glace icing made with 2oz
Icing sugar & 2 tspn water
Icing sugar for rolling
Silver balls, sweets,
Desiccated coconut, gold

Preheat oven to 190'C (375'F). Grease two baking sheets. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spice into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Add the golden syrup and egg and mix to form a dough. Gently knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth, the roll out to ¼ inch thick. Use christmas cutters to cut out 16 shapes. Lift shapes on to baking sheets and bake until just firm to the touch.

Make a hole large enough for gold thread at the top of each biscuit.

Transfer to cooling rack and leave until cold. To decorate, roll out fondant icing on a clean surface dusted with icing sugar. Cut out shapes with cutters and place on biscuits, securing them with a little water. Make a hole for thread as before. Decorate with piped glace icing, silver balls, sweets or coconut. Thread each biscuit with gold thread and hang on Christmas tree, if liked.

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