Nana Starky’s Christmas Biscuits

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Nana Starky’s Christmas Biscuits


  • 175g/6 oz butter
  • 225g/8oz soft brown sugar
  • finely grated zest of one lemon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 350g/12oz self raising flour
  • selection of hard boiled fruit sweets


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C. (Gas Mark 5)
  2. Mix together the butter, sugar and lemon zest.
  3. Beat the egg into the mixture.
  4. Add the flour and fold into the mixture.
  5. Knead together to make a soft dough.
  6. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface until it is about 1cm thick.
  7. Use Christmas-shaped cutters to make snowmen, stars and Christmas tree shaped biscuits.
  8. Cut a hole in each of the biscuits. The lid from a food colouring jar is just the right size.
  9. Take the wrappers off your boiled sweets and place them in a bag. Then smash them to pieces with a rolling pin.
  10. Place the broken bits of boiled sweets into the centre of the biscuits.
  11. Make a small hole in each biscuit using a straw. This is where you will put your string or ribbon to hang them on the tree.
  12. Place the biscuits on an oven tray and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until they are lightly golden. The boiled sweets will have melted to make a nice (and tasty) glass window.
  13. Transfer the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool.
  14. Once cool, thread ribbon through the holes in the biscuits and hang on your Christmas tree.

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