Red-nose Biscuits

On Wednesday mornings I help with a Toddlers group. We're having a little Christmas party next week so have been trying out some biscuits. My grandson was here testing the results!
This recipe came originally from Woman's Weekly, I think. It's in a pull-out about baking with children at Christmas. How many stars you make depends on the size of your star cutter!

For the biscuits you need:
370g plain flour, 200g soft butter, 120g caster sugar, 3 egg yolks and a pinch of salt
A star biscuit cutter

For the decoration:
red Smarties, 150g icing sugar, 1 egg white, 6 squares of chocolate to melt , red and white sugar sprinkles

In a bowl or mixer beat the butter, sugar and egg yolks till it's creamy. Add the salt and flour and mix together. Bring together into a ball, cover in clingfilm and put in the fridge for 30 mins.

Preheat oven 160C/gas3                                  Cover a baking tray with parchment paper

Roll the dough out to about 5 mm thick, then cut out stars. Put on baking tray and bake for about 15 mins. Cool on a wire rack.

While they're baking, make the icing. Mix the icing sugar and egg white together. Once the stars are cool, spread some icing over, leaving a circle empty in the middle. I put a small cut out cardboard circle in the middle and spread the icing round it [and on it!]. Sprinkle some white sugar sprinkles over the icing while it's still wet.
Melt the chocolate and put into a small piping bag. Pipe 2 chocolate eyes. Put a dab of white icing and stick on the red Smartie for a nose. Dab another bit of white icing at the top of the star and sprinkle on some red sugar sprinkles for a bobble.

They are a bit fiddly to decorate, but my grandson loved them and he took the rest [just a few after he'd eaten his fill!] for his brothers. A nice crunch to the biscuit and a mixture of textures in the topping. Will be making some for the Toddlers.


Suelle said…
How cute!
I've got to agree with Suelle, these are very, very cute and worth the decorating effort.
Snowy said…
Thank you both.

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