This recipe has become a Christmas tradition in my family. My mum bakes them every Christmas and keeps the biscuits in a biscuit jar in the shape of a snowman. A Christmas without these biscuits is not Christmas at all!
500g lard or butter
500g icing sugar
1 kg plain flour
2 teaspoons of cloves
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of baking powder
- Preheat an oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
- Soften the lard/ butter slightly and cream in the sugar and spices with a wooden spoon.
- Add in the two eggs, flour and baking powder and combine until well mixed. You may need to get your hands dirty to give everything a really good mix and press the dough together.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/2 cm thick.
- Cut different Christmas shapes from the dough using festive cookie cutters until it is all used up. Get creative and use every last bit!
- Spread out the biscuit shapes on a lined tray, leaving plenty of room between each biscuit, and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool before icing (or eating!).
*Optional: Biscuits can be decorated with icing (made with 2 egg whites, 1 cup icing sugar and food colouring) for an extra festive sweet treat.
Written by Florencia Hurtado, Creative Director at Selvedge.
Members of our lovely Selvedge Magazine team have taken the time to write a festive blog post for us this year. It's thanks to all their hard work that we're able to do what we do. Cheers to them!