Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Biscuits

Everybody is taking mini mince pies to parties these days, so to differentiate I made some little Christmas biscuits.

For the pastry:
160 g flour
80 g sugar
80 g unsalted butter
1 egg
1 tbsp candied citrus peels
half tsp ground cinnamon

Mix the first 4 ingredients by hand and make a dough. Then add the candied peel and cinnamon and mix again, shape into a ball and let it rest for 30 minutes in the fridge. Roll into a long strip, and taking a little bit of dough at time shape with your hands into walnut size biscuits. Place the biscuits onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake at 160˚C for 10-12 minutes. Let the biscuits cool down and then decorate: For half of the biscuits I just dipped one end in melted dark chocolate and sprinkled with some sugar granules (which I got from Italy) on top. For the rest I rolled some ready made white icing, cut it into small circles, to top each biscuit (spread a little apricot jam first to secure the icing in place) and then I decorated them with green and red icing pens.

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. due cose: la prima è che non ho capito mica come devo formarli se devo ricavarne delle noci e la seconda: come hai fatto a fare l'agrifoglio?

  2. Si', come delle noci (perche' quando cuociono il fondo diventa piatto ed il sopra rimane bombato (un po' come i mini Christmas puddings inglesi, non so se te li ricordi). Per l'agrifoglio vendono la glassa colorata gia' in tubetti, devi solo spremere ed esce un filo di colore, ideale per scrivere sulle torte o fare disegnini.
    Ovviamente qui dovevano essere proprio piccolini...

    sopra alcuni biscottini ho anche aggiunto una di quelle palline di zucchero argentate.

  3. Are you going to submit them for the Sugar High Friday hosted by Nic at Cherrapeno, because they are so cute !

  4. Lovely little cookies Alessandra

  5. Vanille, not sure about that Sugar High thing...the fact is that I am not very blogger wise as yet, I don't seem to be able to follow all these contests :-)

    Bron, welcome and thank you for the visit. Why do I have the impression that I know you??? are you in the 'business'?



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