21 Dec 2015

A Christmas recipe: spiced biscuits

Every Christmas (as far back as I can remember) my family makes these spiced biscuits. It started off with my mum and then, when my sister and I were little we'd help ice them. As we got older, we took over and now it's down to us to bake the biscuits. My sis has made them the last few years but I had some left over biscuit mixture from my 'bake off' entry at work so did me some biscuits. Ta-da!

The recipe is very simple which means you can go as fancy as you like with the icing :) It being Christmas jumper day on Friday I thought the dinosaurs would look pretty ace wearing some!

125g butter
250g flour
125g soft brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp mixed spice
Pinch of salt

For the icing:
125g icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons of warm water
(a couple of drops of food colouring if you want different colours)
Any sprinkles or other toppings for decorating.

Cream the butter and sugar together. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and add gradually to the butter and sugar.

Sift the flour, mixed spice and salt into the mixture in small batches. It'll seem like there's too much flour but keeping adding it and stirring until it comes together to form one ball of firm dough.

Put a bit of flour on your surface (and rolling pin), roll out the dough to 0.5-1cm thick, then take your cookie cutters and start creating some shapes.

Sprinkle some flour on a baking tray before placing the biscuits on it. Bake at 190 degrees in a pre-heated oven for 15 mins. Don't worry if they look a bit soft, they'll firm up once they've been left to cool.

Mix up the icing sugar and water until it's of a spreadable but not drippy consistency, and, once they're cool, ice them biscuits!

Do you have any family/traditional Christmas recipes that make an appearance every year?


  1. Your cookies are so cute! My decorations never look this nice! I may have to give this recipe a try in lieu of my usual sugar cookies.

    1. Ah thanks :) if you do I'd love to see!

  2. I love the dinosaurs in jumpers! Every Christmas I make spiced gingerbread cookies from a recipe in a kids baking book I got when I was about 7, so 30 years of cookies? I love them, and can easily eat ten in one sitting!

    1. Spiced gingerbread sounds guuuud! I'm heading towards 30 years with these ones. Part of the reason I posted this recipe was to hang on to it, the original recipe (as in written down) is now long gone. Had to preserve them somehow :)

  3. Your biscuit game is so strong! Love the dinosaurs!


Ta v.much :)

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