Christmas biscuits

This year I have filled our Advent Calendar Train with tasks to do each day together to make our run up to the Big Day even more enjoyable and to make sure we spend our time making memories and having fun, the idea came from Rebecca McLuckie of who has printable downloads.

The 1st December saw us kicking off our Advent Tasks with ‘Making Christmas Cookies’ and so after a quick run to the supermarket for icing sugar and Christmas cake decorations we set to in the afternoon making our biscuits for Christmas. This is a very simple recipe to follow and can be changed to suit any event.

Christmas Biscuits

Ingredients – makes about 30

100g butter

100g caster sugar

1 medium egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp cinnamon

225g flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

For the icing

150g icing sugar + water

Decorating goodies – silver balls, writing icing, edible coloured beans etc

  1. Turn oven on 180C / mark 4 and line some baking trays with baking paper (we used 4 trays)
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with a whisk until pale, add the egg and vanilla and whisk again
  3. Sift on top the flour, cinnamon and baking powder and mix with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough
4. Chill for 30 mins. This was the worst bit for my girls the waiting so I suggest getting to this point before getting them involved
5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about the same thickness as  a £1 coin
6. Cut out your shapes and place on the lined trays
7. Bake for 10 mins until pale golden
8. Cool for 2 mins and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
9. Mix the icing sugar with a little water to form a paste and brush over the biscuits
10. Decorate as you wish and leave for at least 2 hours before storing in an airtight container – if they make it!

As a bit of a diary entry for Day 2 of the advent calendar we had ‘watch a Christmas film’ so we took the girls to see Arthur Christmas at the cinema, another first for them. Paul and I loved it but the girls got bored after a while, I think it was a little too advanced for them but something they’d enjoy watching in a year or two


  1. December 3, 2011 / 9:33 PM

    Yum, they look great. I love the idea of doing a task a day in advent to make Chistmas more special. If only I could not go to work!

    Mich x

  2. December 4, 2011 / 3:29 PM

    These look yummy! We’ve bought cookie cutters and icing today and look forward to trying your recipe :) x

  3. Funky Wellies
    December 5, 2011 / 8:17 AM

    Looks like another yummy recipe! The Spiced Apple Cake was a big success, but in my oven it could have done with ten minutes less cooking time, will know for next time! We made a small change, we use 100 gr sultanas and 100 gr dark chocolate chunks. You may want to try… ;o)

    By the way, I have tagged you!

    Have a lovely week. xx

  4. Mrs TeePot
    December 11, 2011 / 6:10 PM

    That looks like great fun and very tasty!

    • Mari
      December 11, 2011 / 6:21 PM

      and easy maybe the most important bit x

  5. Love in the Nest
    December 16, 2011 / 4:22 PM

    These look great! I’m hoping to make some Christmas biscuits with my toddler soon, thanks for sharing :)

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