Let’s face it, baking biscuits with your kids is part of the festive fun!! Today we want to show you how to turn shortbread biscuits into delicious baubles for your Christmas tree.
Sweet shortcrust pastry is perfect for the Christmas season because you can use it to make so many different types of biscuits. Nothing says Christmas like decorating biscuits with your kids, but if you have a little shortcrust pastry left over, use it to make your normal biscuits with biscuit stamps or even vanilla biscuits or biscuits with jam filling. There is no limit to what you can do!
Ingredients for biscuits to decorate your Christmas tree:
- 500 g. flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 level teaspoons baking powder
- 1 bag vanilla flavoured sugar
- 250 g softened butter
- white or black chocolate to decorate
- stars and hundreds and thousands for the topping
- penne or rigatoni pasta (raw)
- Mix all the ingredients in the food processor with the kneading tool until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film and place in the refrigerator for at least half an hour (even longer is fine since it will be easier to roll out the dough).
- Prepare the stamps, and in the meantime preheat the oven to 175°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- 4. Sprinkle plain flour on yourwork-top and roll out your ball of dough. Cut out the biscuits with a biscuit stamp and place them on the baking tray.
- Before placing biscuits into the oven, make a hole in each biscuit for the ribbon using a piece of raw penna o rigatone pasta.
- Place all your biscuits on the baking tray and place in the oven for about ten minutes. Don’t leave the biscuits in the oven for more than 10 minutes as they may burn!
- Leave the biscuits to cool while you make the white or dark icing, melting the chocolate in a bain-marie.
- 8. When the biscuits have cooled decorate them with the melted chocolate. Suggestion: an icing syringe is a great way to decorate biscuits.
- 9. Once you have finished decorating the biscuits hang them on the tree with the ribbon.
Have fun baking and decorating your biscuits!
A word of advice:
For the fir-shaped biscuit bauble, you will need a fir-shaped stamp, an icing syringe to decorate the biscuits with chocolate and hundreds and thousands for the topping (you can buy everything you need at your local supermarket).
For the round biscuits, that look like Christmas baubles, spread icing over the biscuit and dip into the hundreds and thousands.
A Christmas tree would not be a Christmas tree without stars. Use the icing syringe to top your star shaped biscuits with chocolate and sprinkle them with hundreds and thousands.