Monday, December 23, 2013

Painted Christmas biscuits

Recipe for biscuits:
75 grams margarine
50 grams icing sugar
finely grated rind of a small lemon or orange(I like the orange ones the best)
I egg yolk( I used a duck yolk=fine)
175 grams plain flour
pinch of salt

2 egg yolks
food colouring(liquid)

Beat the margarine, sugar and rind until pale and fluffy.
Beat in the egg yolk, and stir in flour and salt.
Knead until smooth, flatten into a round, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 190 degrees. 

Roll dough out gently with a floured rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, use cutters to press shapes.

With a spatula, transfer shapes to a baking tray, make features with the end of a straw(like Rudolphs nose, buttons on the gingerbread men, snowmen and baubles on the trees, and place in the fridge to chill.
I slid the spatula under and then flipped them over on to the tray. The dough is
very fragile but makes great biscuits.
To decorate,  put each egg yolk in a cup and add a few drops of liquid food colouring.

I used duck eggs, the yolks are bigger and I split the yolks to make three colours, red, yellow and green. For the amount of biscuits, splitting chook eggs would be plenty enough to colour.

Using a paint brush paint on the colour as you wish, I just did it simply, but you could get way more elaborate with the markings you make on the biscuits, the colours you use and they way you paint them. 

Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes, or until the begin to colour at the edges. Transfer to a wire rack, I used the spatula again for this. 

The result, perdy, tasty biscuits!

Have you handmade anything for the christmas season? You know what, it's OK if you haven't! It's all sorts of batshit crazy this time of year isn't it? I am not the most organised bottle in the six pack by a long shot! Still in denial that everything will be ok, and you know what; it will. There will be shit loads of food, and laughter, love and most importantly FAMILY.

I hope you have an awesome Christmas. With lots of love and Christmas cheer, the O'Brien clan. Hugs and kisses xxxxoooo

Add your christmas cheer, love and #openslather below xxx :)


  1. Merry Christmas to you too!! I have barely written a card this year!! You are right it is a bat shit crazy time!! The biccies look great!!

    1. I didn't do too well on the card front this year either Ann. Hope you had a great christmas xx

  2. The biscuits look great! You might like to try rolling the dough between 2 sheets of Gladbake paper - the bench stays clean, the dough comes off the paper easier and the rolling pin doesn't stick either. I've never thought to 'paint' biscuits before, great idea!

    Cheers - Joolz

  3. Thank you Joolz, that is an awesome tip. You're a gem ;)

  4. They are lovely! Hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family x


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