Lemon star biscuits

Lemon star biscuits

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Cooking time

Cook: 20 mins Plus chilling time

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 16-18 biscuits

Gorgeous, edible decorations for the Christmas tree which will delight your children

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen when baked and undecorated
Nutrition info

Nutrition per biscuit

kcalories
279
protein
3g
carbs
44g
fat
11g
saturates
7g
fibre
1g
sugar
22g
salt
0.26g

Ingredients

  • 1 quantity vanilla shortbread dough (see below), with the finely grated zest of 1 lemon added to the flour

To decorate

  • 1 tbsp lightly beaten egg white
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 100g tropical dried fruits, such as mangoes, pineapple and papaya, chopped
  • 50g dried cranberries, chopped
  • small handful silver ball
  • ribbon, for hanging on the tree

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4/fan 160C and grease 2 large baking sheets. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 5mm/¼in and cut out star biscuits using a 10cm cutter. Re-roll the trimmings make more biscuits.
  2. With a skewer, make a small hole 1cm/½in from a point on each star - this is for hanging the biscuits. Bake for 18-20 minutes until turning pale golden around the edges, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. (If the holes have filled in during baking, re-make them with the skewer while the biscuits are still hot.)
  3. Put the egg white and lemon juice in a bowl and beat in the icing sugar to make a smooth icing. Using a small palette knife, spread it generously over the biscuits to about 5mm/¼in from the edges.
  4. Mix the fruits, then scatter them in the middle of the icing with some silver balls. Leave for at least 2 hours to set. Thread with ribbon just before you hang them and eat within 24 hours. They will keep fresh for up to 1 week stored in an airtight tin.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2002

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abikinsey's picture

MY question is... if they go on the tree for edible decorations as suggested, then surely they'll go stale?!

diane-marie's picture

It says eat within 24 hrs if put on the tree a week in an airtight container.

august02's picture

Something great for my boy and his friend to do on a rainy weekend. Something special for Daddy coming home.

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