Pretty feather-iced biscuits

The feather icing is an easy technique that adds a cute touch. 

  • Preparation time: 1 hour + 30 minutes chilling
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes to 12 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes-1 hour 42 minutes 5 minutes

Serves: 24


100g unsalted butter, softened
100g Waitrose Light Brown Fairtrade Muscovado Sugar
1 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
275g plain flour

250g Royal icing sugar
Pink, blue, yellow food colouring 


1. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, then add the flour. Bring the mixture together, then knead lightly and form it into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Roll out half the dough at a time on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a pound coin. Using a plain 7cm round cookie cutter, cut out 24 rounds and transfer them to the baking sheets. Bake for 10–12 minutes until pale golden. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

3. Mix the icing sugar with 3 tbsp water to make a smooth icing. Put 2–3 tbsp of the icing into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle. Divide the rest between three bowls. Add a little food colouring separately to each bowl to make up the 3 pastel colours.

4. Spread 8 of the biscuits with blue icing. Pipe 5 lines of white icing at equal distances apart, then drag the tip of a cocktail stick across the white icing in alternate directions. Repeat with the pink and yellow icing on the remaining biscuits. Leave aside until the icing is set.

Cook’s tipThe icing should be wet to get the best feathered effect. If it is drying too quickly, ice one or two biscuits at a time.