Deliciously easy, melt-in-the-mouth cookies, with just a touch of spice, these Easy Peasy Christmas Star Biscuits are the perfect Christmas treat. They make great homemade Christmas presents and are super simple – so a great recipe to make with kids.
Easy Peasy Christmas Star Biscuits
I just love these little biscuits. They have a melt-in-the-mouth texture and are gently spiced for a crowd-pleasing Christmassy flavour. I’ve kept the spicing gentle as they are designed to be eaten by children. (My daughter, in particular, is not a fan of ginger biscuits, but will happily eat these.) I have been making these every year since my kids were very small and they are a very much established Christmas tradition in our house. If your kids won’t go near spices, they are still nice without the spices in them. You could always add a teaspoon of vanilla extract instead, if you like.
Perfect for making with kids
The kids absolutely love making these and they are so easy and quick to make (2 things I consider essential for any recipe designed for children to make!). When my kids were younger they needed a little help rolling the mixture out and getting the shapes into the tray… and of course putting them in the oven and taking them out again, but now they are older (10 and 12) they can pretty much make these biscuits all by themselves.
How many biscuits does this recipe make?
I can’t give you an exact quantity of biscuits this makes as it varies depending on the size of cutter you use. I use a mixture of different cutter sizes and this usually produces between 30 and 40 biscuits.
A word of warning…
Do be careful not to let these biscuits burn – they cook VERY quickly and will burn easily if you don’t get them out of the oven as soon as they are cooked. When they are cooked, they will be pale gold on top and just slightly darker round the edges and they will be slightly soft in the middle, but will crisp up as they cool down.
I start checking if the biscuits are done after about 5 minutes. I usually find they take about 10 minutes, but the bigger ones can take up to 15. If in doubt get them out. You can always pop them back in if you decide they are not quite done but you can’t un-burn them!
Can you make Christmas biscuits in other shapes apart from stars?
I usually make stars, but this biscuit dough is very forgiving and will work equally well as bells, Christmas trees, reindeer or whatever else you decide to make!
Ideas for Christmas biscuits
These easy Christmas Star Biscuits are the perfect Christmas holiday baking project for kids and they make a great snack. (You could even pop a couple them in your child’s lunchbox as a surprise treat.) But they also make great gifts. Simply wrap a few up in cellophane and tie with gold ribbon for an easy peasy homemade Christmas present.
How to store Christmas biscuits
Once the biscuits have cooled completely, they should be stored in an airtight container (for example a biscuit tin or a cake tin) where they will keep for about a week.
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Easy Peasy Christmas Star Biscuits
- 2 large baking trays (or whatever you’ve got…pizza trays, roasting trays and cake tins all work well)
- Baking paper or the butter wrapper (for greasing the baking trays)
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Rolling pin
- Star shaped cutters (or any other shape you fancy)
- Wire cooling rack (or improvise with your grill rack or a roasting rack)
- Biscuit tin for storing your biscuits in when they’ve cooled down
- 250 g self raising flour (US - self rising four) (plus extra for rolling out)
- 125 g cold butter cut into 1cm (½inch) cubes (plus extra for greasing)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 125 g caster sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- Grease 2 large baking sheets with a thin layer of butter. Preheat your oven to 200C / 180C fan / gas mark 6 / 400F.
- Place the flour in a large mixing bowl (you can sieve it if you like, but I never bother) and add the cubes of cold butter. Rub the butter and flour between your fingers (as if you are trying to rub the flour into the butter) until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the sugar and spices, and stir in thoroughly. Then add the beaten egg and stir again. Gradually the mixture should start to come together as a dough, but if it doesn’t all stick together, add a tiny bit of water to help it come together. Don’t add too much, though!
- As soon as your biscuit mixture starts coming together, use your hands to squish it together into a ball.
- Sprinkle your work surface with a little flour and pop your ball of biscuit dough on top. Sprinkle some more flour on top of your dough, then roll out the biscuit dough to a thickness of about 5mm / ¼inch (it doesn’t have to be perfect – no need to get your ruler out!)
- Using a selection of star shaped cutters, cut out your stars and gently lay them on the prepared baking tray. Be sure to spread them out a bit as they will grow a little in the oven.
- When you have got as many stars out of the biscuit dough as possible, squish the mixture back together, shape into a ball again and then roll out again. You should find you can get a few more stars out of the re-rolled dough. Keep squishing and rerolling until you have run out of biscuit dough.
- Put the biscuits in your preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until the stars are pale gold on top and just a little bit darker round the edges. Start checking after 5 minutes and if in doubt get them out! They can always be popped back in if they are not done enough.
- When your biscuits are cooked, place them on a wire rack to cool. They can be eaten warm or cold. When they are completely cool they can be stored in a biscuit tin or other airtight container, where they will keep for about a week.
- The length of time these biscuits take to cook varies enormously, depending on the size and thickness of your stars. Use the colour of the biscuits in the photos as your guide. They should be pale gold on top and just a little bit darker round the edges. They will still be a little soft when you get them out of the oven, but will harden as they cool. If in doubt, take them out of the oven! You can always pop them back in if they are not done enough!
- Not suitable for freezing.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
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