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spiced Christmas star biscuits

Spiced Christmas Star Biscuits Recipe


  • Author: Helen
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 50
  • Yield: 20 biscuits approx 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A subtly spiced seasonal biscuit with ground mixed nuts and a hint of lemon. The icing sugar in the biscuit dough and dusting gives the biscuits a distinctive melt-in-the-mouth texture and makes them utterly addictive. 

Yield 20.  Use the scaling buttons below to double or triple the quantity.


Ingredients

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For the biscuit dough:

  • 100g (or 3.5 oz or 0.4 cups) unsalted butter - at room temperature
  • 75g icing sugar (or 2.5 oz or 0.6 cups) - sieved
  • 100g (or 3.5 oz or 2/3 cup) ground mixed nuts (note 1)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder - sieved
  • 1/2 unwaxed lemon - finely grated rind only 
  • 2 small drops of vanilla essence (optional)
  • 150g (or 5oz or 0.8 cups) plain flour + a little more for dusting your countertop and rolling pin

For dusting:

  • 30g (or 1/4 cup) icing sugar - sieved 
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla sugar (note 2)

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C or 320°F and prep the ingredients -  sieve the icing sugar and cocoa powder, grind the nuts and grate the lemon zest.
  2. Cream together the butter and icing sugar using an electric whisk or stand mixer (note 3)
  3. Incorporate the ground nuts, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa powder, lemon zest into the mixture and add vanilla essence if using.
  4. Add the flour to the bowl and mix until a dough is formed.
  5. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll out the biscuit dough until approx 7mm thick
  6. Cut the dough into shapes and place onto a baking sheet (note 4)
  7. Roll the remaining scraps of dough into a ball, roll out and cut into shapes. Repeat this process until all dough has been cut into biscuits.
  8. Bake the biscuits in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes until slightly golden. (note 5)
  9. Remove the biscuits from the oven when they are ready and gently place on a wire rack to cool
  10. Prepare the dusting mixture by combining icing sugar and vanilla sugar 
  11. When the biscuits are cool, place each one into the bowl of vanilla icing sugar until covered and gently dust off the excess. 
  12. Store the biscuits in an airtight tin if you are not eating them straight away. 

 

Notes

  1. A ground mixture of any of the following nuts is fine (almonds, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts)
  2. Leave a vanilla pod in a jar of icing sugar for a few days as an alternative to using vanilla sugar. This is ideal if you are making a large batch.
  3. Ingredients can be mixed by hand if you do not have an electric mixer
  4. I recommend using a slotted turner to gently remove the biscuits from the surface, especially if they have become slightly stuck under the weight of the rolling pin
  5. If in doubt, gently touch a biscuit with your finger. If this leaves a mark you need to bake the biscuits for a little longer. If it doesn't leave a mark your biscuits are done.
  • Category: Sweet

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 biscuits
  • Calories: 218
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0g

Keywords: Spiced Christmas Biscuits Recipe