Spicy Christmas Cookies

Prep Time

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Cook Time

10-12 min

Portion(s)

35-40 cookies

ingredients

100100 g Country Range Butter

100100 g demerara sugar

200200 g golden syrup

1 1 tsp Country Range Ground Cinnamon

½ ½ tsp Country Range Ground Cloves

1 1 tsp Country Range Ground Ginger

½ ½ tsp Country Range Ground Nutmeg

½ ½ tsp Country Range Ground Black Pepper

2 2 tsp Country Range Baking Powder

500500 g Country Range Baking Powder

1 1 egg, beaten

For the icing and trimmings:For the icing and trimmings:

250250 g instant royal icing

food colouring (various colours)

coloured writing incing

silver balls

coloured ribbon or thread

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  • 1Pre-heat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Combine the butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Slowly add the egg and syrup and beat until smooth. Stir in the flour, baking powder and spices and mix thoroughly.
  • 2Knead the mixture together to make a smooth dough. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 3mm and using Christmas shaped cookie cutters, cut out various shapes and sizes of your choice.
  • 3If you wish to hand the biscuits as Christmas tree decorations, make holes at the top of each shape with a skewer to thread ribbon through once cooked.
  • 4Arrange the cookies on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 10-12 minutes until pale golden. Leave to harden on the tray for a couple of minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
  • 5To decorate the cookies, make up the icing according to pack instructions. Divide the icing between different bowls, pour a few drops of each food colouring into the icing and mix well.
  • 6Using a piping bag or a teaspoon, ice the cookies and decorate with coloured writing icing and silver balls.
  • 7Once the icing has set, thread ribbon through the holes to hang.