Who doesn’t love edible gifts. At Christmas nothing beats baking batches of festive biscuits. The smell that will waft through your kitchen is reason enough to whisk up a batch of these gorgeous spiced almond festive biscuits from Rachel Khoo’s book My Little French Kitchen. They smell and taste just like Christmas.
It’s a bold claim but I actually prefer this recipe to the traditional gingerbread biscuit recipe commonly baked at this time of year. The biscuits are beautifully crisp, just as a biscuit should be.
And not only do they make for great gifts but they also make pretty good Christmas tree decorations (if they make it onto the tree that is!).
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone. X
1. Mix together 250g of plain flour, 2tsp baking powder, 125g ground almonds, zest of one lemon and one orange and 2tsp of cinnamon.
2. In a separate bowl beat together 125g of butter and 150g soft brown sugar until fluffy and then add in 1egg beaten and the juice of one lemon.
3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and chill in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours.
4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 2-3mm on a floured surface and use cookie cutters of your choice to cut out the biscuits until all the dough is used. Place on a baking tray making sure there is a finger width space between each biscuit and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 10 minutes. If making for decorations pierce a hole using a temperature skewer before the biscuits are put in the oven.
5. Leave to cool on a wire rack.