It’s Gnings’ last day in school tomorrow, as he is breaking up for Christmas. I can’t believe how quickly it has come around!
I’ve been struggling for ideas on what he should give to his teacher, and two teaching assistants, as a gift for Christmas; and with money being a bit tight too (I’m still on maternity leave), I didn’t really want to spend a lot. So I thought, everyone loves biscuits, so that’s what we’ll do. And that’s what we did!
I think I managed to make about 50 stars, and 35 “gingerbread” biscuits. The stars cost approx. 50p, and the “gingerbread” ones about 75p.
Here’s the recipe:~
125g butter, softened
55g caster sugar
180g plain flour (all-purpose)
OPTIONAL – (1tbsp desiccated coconut)
Drop of water
- Preheat your oven to 190C (170C for fan assisted).
- Line a baking tray (or two) with greaseproof paper.
- Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and cream together, using the back of a large, wooden spoon.
- Sift in all of the flour, in one go, and stir it all together using the spoon (this is also the part where you will add the coconut – if you are going to. This worked absolutely wonderfully). When you’re unable to stir any more, use one of your hands to start “bringing the mixture together”, in to a dough.
- Add just a drop or two of water – just enough so the mixture starts to meld nicely. Don’t add too much, otherwise it’ll end up all sticky, and icky.
- Once the dough has formed a lovely ball, turn out on to a work surface, that has had a ‘scattering’ of icing sugar (powdered / confectioners sugar), and roll out with a rolling pin, so that it’s about 1cm thick.
- Cut out your required shape(s) – squares, rectangles, circles, stars, etc. – and place on the lined baking tray.
- Lightly prick the top of the biscuits with a fork, and sprinkle a little more caster sugar on the top of each.
- Throw them in the oven (well, not literally) for 15-20 minutes, or until a golden brown colour.
- Allow to cool fully before digging in. Be careful though! They are incredibly moreish.
Excuse the pics – my camera is playing up a little 😦
And this is how I packaged them up – all ready for Gningy to take in to school tomorrow: