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    Iced Spice Biscuits

    • Vegetarian
    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus at least 30 minutes chilling
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes to 12 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour to 1 hour 12 minutes 60 minutes 15 minutes

    Makes: about 20 biscuits

    Ingredients

    • 150g unsalted butter, softened
    • 100g dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • 300g plain flour
    • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
    • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    • Icing sugar, for dusting

    Method

    1. In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and creamy. Add the egg and honey, then sift in the flour and spices. Mix well to form a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5 and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Unwrap the dough and place between 2 clean sheets of clingfilm. Roll out to a 5mm thickness. Using letter-shaped cutters, cut out 20 shapes.
    3. Place the biscuits on the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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    Variation

    To make into Christmas tree decorations, use star or tree shaped cutters and press out about 20 shapes. Bake as above, then remove the biscuits from the oven and make a small hole at the top of each one with a skewer before they firm up. Leave to cool, add icing if using, then thread ribbon or coloured string through the holes and knot to make a loop.

    To ice the biscuits, sift 200g of icing sugar into a bowl and stir in enough hot water (about 2 tablespoons) to make a smooth icing. Spread over the cooled biscuits. Sprinkle with crushed Waitrose Clear Fruits sweets to decorate and leave to set for 20 minutes.

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