Tuesday, 3 December 2013

It's now December and we are in the official run up to Christmas! I can't even tell you how excited I am. This has always been my favorite time of year. Not so much the day itself, but the next couple of weeks are always so magical.

I have been using the recipe for years for various different shaped and size biscuits. I scaled it down by 2 thirds for these biscuits (makes 32 5cm stars), so it can be scaled up for more or bigger biscuits.
These are crunchy, nibbly biscuits that are perfect when dunked in hot chocolate, tea or coffee. They are flavored with what I have always called 'Winter Spice'. It's the kind of flavor that I always associate with this time of year. (Also, your house will smell AMAZING when they are cooking!!)

Winter Stars

30g butter
30 light brown sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon black treacle
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
half teaspoon bicarbonate soda
80g flour

Preheat the oven to 180C/356F. 
Put the butter, syrup, treacle and spices in a small saucepan and heat gently until everything is dissolved (be careful not to overheat or your biscuits will taste burnt). 
Put the flour and bicab in bowl and mix in the melted winter spice. Combine until it forms a smooth soft dough. 
Roll out on a lightly floured work surface to a 5mm thickness. Using a cutter of your choice cut out and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
Bake for 10 mins on a middle shelf (keep an eye on them as they cook very quickly!)
Allow to cool on a wire rack and definitely try one when they are still warm! 

Happy Baking!


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