Angel spice biscuits with vanilla - recipe

Angel spice biscuits with vanilla

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  1. 1

    Put the butter into a food processor and add the sugar and vanilla extract, blending together until smooth.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 125g Butter (unsalted) cubed
    • 125g Unrefined molasses sugar
    • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  2. 2

    Add the flour, cocoa powder, ginger, whole egg and yolk then blend again until the mixture comes together to form a ball.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 175g Plain wholemeal flour
    • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
    • 1tsp Ginger (ground)
    • 1 Egg(s) (free range) large
    • 1 Egg yolk(s) (free range)
  3. 3

    Turn onto a large sheet of baking parchment and knead the dough lightly for a couple of minutes until it is smooth.

  4. 4

    Wrap in the parchment paper and chill for 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°F, gas mark 4)

  6. 6

    Roll out the cookie dough between two sheets of baking parchment until it is 2.5 mm (1/8th inch) thick.

  7. 7

    Stamp out 6 angels using a cutter. Ease away the cookie dough surrounding the shapes and roll out these trimmings between two more sheets of baking parchment. Stamp out 2 more angel shapes.

  8. 8

    Take a small plain piping nozzle and stamp the tip near the top centre of the angel to make a hole. Leave the shapes on the baking parchment and slide the paper onto two firm baking sheets.

  9. 9

    Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are firm and golden.

  10. 10

    Cool on the paper for 5 minutes, then use a palette knife to cool the cookies completely on a wire rack.

  11. 11

    Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add 1 tbsp of cold water, stir then and add another 1 tbsp of water to make a smooth piping consistency.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 125g Unrefined golden icing sugar
  12. 12

    Put a fine plain nozzle into a plastic piping bag and pipe a halo and wings on the angels.

  13. 13

    When the icing is firm, thread some white raffia through the holes and hang onto your Christmas tree.

  14. 14

    An alternative decorating idea would be to create white chocolate iced biscuits. Simply melt 150g (5 oz) white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and use to decorate biscuits instead of the icing.

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