Christmas Iced Spice Biscuits

Create Christmas 2018 is here, and today I’m sharing a recipe for Christmas Iced Spice Biscuits.

These Iced Spice Biscuits are simple to make and taste delicious. They’re perfect for Christmas baking, and make a lovely homemade gift too! So get your baking hat on and make a batch of these to enjoy this festive season!

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These Iced Spice Biscuits are simple to make and taste delicious. They're perfect for Christmas baking, and make a lovely homemade gift too!

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Iced Spice Biscuits

When I was a little girl, I had a cook book for kids. It was a really great book – but it’s falling apart now, so I’ve got it stored away safely. Each page had simple recipes, and was illustrated with cute characters, demonstrating how to make the recipe. They were tiny little chefs – the ingredients were huge next to them! But I loved that cook book, and it’s definitely one of the things that set me onto the path for a love of cooking!

This recipe for Iced Spice Biscuits comes from that book, and it’s one of those recipes that has stayed with me all these years later. They’re perfect any time of year, but especially for Christmas because of the wonderful aromatic Mixed Spice used in them.

It would appear that Mixed Spice is a British thing, and I would liken it to Pumpkin Spice in the US – but I would say that Mixed Spice is even more, well, spicy.

If you can’t source Mixed Spice, don’t worry – you can make your own using a variety of ground spices – I’ll provide the instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Since this recipe originally came from a kids cook book, these biscuits are great for children to make. Of course, some supervision will be required to use the oven, but it’s a simple enough recipe for kids to follow.

They can also have a lot of fun cutting out dough with festive cookie cutters, and decorating them once the biscuits are cooked and cooled. The recipe gives the instructions for a simple glace icing – you want this to be thick enough to spread out over the top of the biscuits, but not run off too much around the edges. Glace icing is so much easier than making royal icing! 

Not in the original recipe is the use of sprinkles, food glitter/sparkles, or ready-to-use icing tubes – I’ve added these in because these sorts of things are so readily available these days, and not just from a specialised bake shop!

Jar of cookies

The Iced Spice Biscuits would also make a lovely homemade gift – you could bake and decorate a batch of the biscuits and pile into a glass cookie jar or gift box. 

They could be turned into edible ornaments for your Christmas tree – before baking, use the end of a straw to make a hole at the top of each biscuit, and thread through some ribbon once you’ve decorated them. You could also leave them plain – they’re delicious either way!

You could also layer the dry ingredients into a mason jar, or individually into little paper bags, then into a gift box; and give the gift of baking to someone. Just print off the recipe, and add it to the gift, along with a cookie cutter or two so that the recipient can make the biscuits at home.

I did something similar a few years ago and put together a gingerbread making kit which I thought was so cute!

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Christmas Iced Spice Biscuits
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Serves: 24
 
The amount of biscuits this dough will make, will depend on the size of your cookie cutters!
Ingredients
  • 125g/4 ounces/½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 125g/4 ounces/½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 small beaten egg
  • 250g/8 ounces/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsps mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
For the icing
  • 125g/4 ounces/½ cup icing(powdered) sugar
  • 1-2 tbsps hot water
  • food colouring
  • ready-to-use icing tubes (optional)
  • food glitter/sparkles (optional)
  • sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg a little at a time.
  3. Sift in the flour, mixed spice, and salt.
  4. Mix everything well to form a dough.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle flour onto board and roll out pastry until 5mm thick.
  7. Cut out festive shapes with cookie cutters
  8. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
To decorate
  1. Make up icing with the icing (powdered) sugar and water - you want the consistency of thick cream. If it's too thin, add more sugar; too thick - add more water.
  2. You can colour the icing in one colour, or divide into batches for multiple colours. The food colouring may alter the consistency, so this is a bit trial and error! You could decorate a test biscuit - place a little icing on top and spread out - you don't want it to be falling over the edges!
  3. Decorate the biscuits as you like.
  4. You could use ready-to-use icing pens to write names or draw on patterns after the icing layer has dried. You could also add food glitter or sprinkles. These are optional! I decided to add this step because: Christmas sparkles and sprinkles!
  5. Store the iced spice biscuits in an airtight container for about a week.
Notes
If you cannot source ready-made mixed spice you can make your own using:

1 tbsp ground allspice
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp ground mace
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground ginger

Stir all spices together, and store in an airtight container.

These Iced Spice Biscuits are simple to make and taste delicious. They're perfect for Christmas baking, and make a lovely homemade gift too!

Want more Christmas recipes? I’ve got The Ultimate List of Christmas Cookies – 101 Christmas Cookie Recipes for you to check out.

The ultimate list of Christmas cookies, with 101 Christmas cookie recipes to bake at home! So if you are a regular cookie maker, or only put your baking hat on during the Holidays, this list of Christmas cookie recipes has plenty to keep you busy all season long. I'm sure family and friends will thank you too! #ChristmasCookies #CookieRecipes #ChristmasRecipes

And there are tons more cookies and biscuit recipes on my Christmas Cookies Board on Pinterest!

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These Iced Spice Biscuits are simple to make and taste delicious. They're perfect for Christmas baking, and make a lovely homemade gift too!


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