If you like melt in the mouth delicious biscuits this recipe is for you, swapping castor sugar for icing sugar really changes the texture.
If you have people you give Easter pressies too, these make a nice present especially when decorated by the children.
It makes quite a large amount, I got 28 biscuits of varying shapes and sizes including a few large Teddy Bears, so if you don’t want this amount you can put half in the freezer as it freezes well.
For the Biscuits you will need.
250g/9oz softened butter
140g/5oz icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1 large free-range egg yolk
375g/13oz plain flour
To decorate you we need:
6oz icing sugar
2 Tablespoons of warm water
Little sweets, hundreds and thousands and anything else you have that will look pretty.
Please note with the icing there may be some left over I have given this quantity to make sure you have enough but in my case I used much less and just made a bit more when I had run out so it is up to you.
1. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. (I used a electric whisk for this part)
2. Add vanilla extract and egg yolk and mix well.
3. Sift the flour into the bowl, now it time for the hands really. Work this until it forms a smooth ball.
4.Wrap the dough in cling film and leave in fridge for a hour.
5. Preheat oven to 190 oc/375of/Gas mark 5 and line two Baking sheets with baking or silicone paper.
6. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface until approx 3mm you can go thinner if you like thinner biscuits ( I do !).
7. Cut out shapes you have chosen. I used flowers and used the template for the eggs (you could use the birds too) and just cut around them with a knife.
8. Pop shapes on to baking trays and put in oven for 10-12 minutes or until the biscuits are a light golden brown.
9. Transfer to wire rack to cool and they harden as they cool.
10. Decorate till your hearts content to make pretty biscuits.
11. Enjoy them or pack some up to give as a gift.
I made this box from an empty tea box. Just simply covered with pretty paper or you
could do a montage of cut up pictures from old magazines the kids love doing these.
Line the box with baking paper, then make a Easter nest by shredding baking paper and pop the biscuits in. Then your ready to go to put a smile on someone face.
Hope you enjoy making these Easter biscuits and eating them too.
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