How To Make Nana Starky's Christmas Biscuits

Here's how Squid and Me made Nana Starky's biscuits, from the recipe book that Mum has. We found that if you make them right, you can hang them from the Christmas tree and make some great, tasty decorations. (But make lots because only half of ours made it onto the tree, with Me and Squid munching them!)

The finished biscuits, ready to be hung

What you will need

Nana Starky's recipe books
  • 175g/6 oz butter
  • 225g/8oz soft brown sugar
  • Finely grated zest of one lemon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 350g/12oz of self raising flour
  • Selection of hard boiled fruit sweets
  • Nana Starky’s Home Baking 1976 Recipe Book (or our recipe)
Nana Starky's recipe books

How you do it

  1. Whilst the oven was warming up we mixed together the butter, sugar and lemon zest.

    Squid, mixing the ingredients together
  2. Next we beat in the egg and then added the flour.

    Flour may be going everywhere, but it's looking good!
  3. We kneaded it all together and then rolled in out onto a floured surface until it was about 1cm thick. We then used our Christmas-shaped cutters to make the shapes of snowmen, stars and Christmas trees.

    Cutting the shapes of the biscuits, with one slight mishap Don’t let your Squid get carried away with the cutter as it doesn’t work and you have to roll it up and start all over again.
  4. Then you need to cut little holes in the biscuits. I found the lid from a food colouring jar was just the right size.

    Making holes with a food colouring lid
  5. This is the fun bit! Take the wrappers off your boiled sweets and place them in a bag. Then smash them to pieces with a rolling pin.

    Smashing, Bashing, and really just having a great time!
  6. We then placed the broken bits of boiled sweets into the centre of the biscuits.

    Broken boiled sweets go into the centre hole we made
  7. Finally, we made a small hole by using a straw. This is where you will put your string or ribbon to hang them on the tree.

    Hanging holes, made with the tip of a straw
  8. The biscuits then went into the oven for about 10 minutes, until they were lightly golden. You will find that the boiled sweets have melted to make a nice (and tasty) glass window. The biscuits then went onto a cooling rack until we could eat one without burning our fingers.

    Too hot to eat, but looking so tasty
  9. When the biscuits were cool, we then put and tied ribbon through the holes so that they could hang on the Little Trekkers Christmas tree.

    Finally ready! Now, how many get past the kids and onto the tree?

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