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Christmas Tree Cookies

Posted December 6, 2015 by Squires Kitchen Shop

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These lovely little biscuits are easy to make and can be used as decorations to hang on the Christmas tree or to give as gifts to friends and family.
You will need
For the biscuits

For the decoration

Method
  1. Sift the flour, mixed spice and salt into a mixing bowl then mix in the semolina. Lightly rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs then add the sugar. Add the egg and bind the mixture together to form a stiff dough.
  2. Wrap the dough in greaseproof paper and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Roll out the cookie dough thinly on a lightly floured board and cut out the required shapes using the Christmas tree cookie cutter set. Place on a lightly greased baking tray.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until pale golden in colour (this time will vary depending on the size of the biscuits). Remove from the oven, leave on the tray to firm slightly then place on a wire rack to cool completely. The biscuits can be decorated several days before they’re required. Once set, they can be stored in an airtight tin for up to two weeks.
  5. Mix the royal icing according to the packet instructions. Cover and leave to stand for a while before mixing by hand to work out any air bubbles.
  6. Colour some of the icing green with Mint food colour and place in a piping bag fitted with a no. 2 piping nozzle. Pipe the outline of each of the biscuits.
  7. Place approximately 4tbsp of white icing into a small bowl and add a little water to make the icing flow quite thickly off the spoon. Add some Mint food colour, place in a piping bag, snip off the very end and flood the icing into the outline.
  8. Colour a small amount of white icing with Poinsettia food colour. Add dots of red into the green icing on the biscuits, or leave the green to set and pipe red dots onto the surface.
  9. Colour some icing brown with Bulrush food colour to fill in the trunk. Thicker green icing can be used to outline the branches if desired.