These shortbread biscuits are delicious to eat, but they also make charming homemade ornaments for the Christmas tree. As the days grow shorter, a wonderful activity for you and the children in your life is to bake these delicious treats, enjoy a few and decorate the tree with the rest. The sweet cinnamon smell coming from the oven will fill your home with Christmas cheer.
Here’s how they’re made…
Makes 20-25 biscuits
1 egg yolk
1-2 tsp. cinnamon (to taste)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. water
In a large mixing bowl, blend the butter and egg yolk with a wooden spoon. (This can also be done in a food processor to save time).
Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine.
Knead the dough into a ball. If necessary, add a few drops of water to help the dough stick together.
Wrap the dough in plastic film and place in the refrigerator to cool for at least 1 hour.
Heat the oven to 180˚C.
Roll out the dough to about 3mm thickness and cut out biscuits with the help of Christmas cookie cutters.
If you would like to hang them on the Christmas tree, make a small hole at the top with a toothpick or knitting needle.
Place the biscuits directly onto the oven grill lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
While the biscuits are baking, prepare the icing by mixing the icing sugar in a bowl and adding up to 1 tsp. of water, drop by drop. Blend with a small spoon until you reach a thick but smooth texture.
Remove biscuits from the oven and top them with icing on one side. Allow to cool and dry.
If you can resist eating them all and would like to hang some on the Christmas tree, feed a small string or ribbon through the holes and tie it together with a knot to hang on the branches.