Snowy owl Christmas tree biscuits

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hr Cook: 8 mins - 14 mins

Skill level



Makes about 6 large, 5 medium and 8 small owls (depending on cutter size)

Great British Bake Off 2013 winner Frances Quinn created these edible decorations topped with white and dark chocolate and almond 'feathers'

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For the biscuits

  • 125g slightly salted butter, softened
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour

For the decoration

  • 100g packet of whole blanched almonds
  • 100g packet of flaked almonds, toasted
  • 126g packet of giant white chocolate buttons
  • 20g packet standard-sized white chocolate buttons
  • 50g dark chocolate chips
  • gold edible glitter (optional)
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • fine string, for hanging the biscuits

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  1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cream together the butter and sugar, then gradually beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift and stir in the flour and mix to a fairly soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Cover or wrap the dough in cling film and chill for at least two hours.
  2. Next roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to around 0.5cm thick. Cut into oval shapes with a cookie cutter or by cutting round a paper template. You can make mini owl biscuits by using a smaller cutter or template.
  3. Transfer the biscuits to a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Put different sized biscuits on separate trays. Place the whole almonds into the dough to create the owls' eyebrows and beaks. If creating decorations for the tree, make a hole near the top of the biscuits using the end of a paintbrush. Bake in the oven for 8 - 14 minutes, depending on the size of the biscuits, until the edges turn lightly golden in colour. Once out of the oven, leave the biscuits on the baking tray to cool.
  4. To decorate, set aside enough white chocolate buttons to create the owls' eyes - use giant or standard-sized buttons depending on the size of the owls - the biggest you can fit are best to give a truly owl-like expression. Melt the remainder in the microwave or in a bowl over barely simmering water.
  5. Using a small tipped paintbrush, carefully paint and stick down the decorations. Stick on the white chocolate buttons, then the dark chocolate chips on top to make the eyes. Neatly paint more melted chocolate over each owl's chest, pressing on the flaked almonds. You can layer the almonds with extra white chocolate.
  6. If you find some of the almond eyebrows and beaks have come loose or you are planning to hang the owls on the tree, use some of the melted chocolate to stick them in place. Leave to set.
  7. Thread pretty string or fine ribbon into Christmas decorations so you can hang them. Dust with icing sugar and gold edible glitter if using.

Recipe from, December 2013

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jhonclark's picture

Easy Peanut Butter Balls! Serves:varies CarbsPerServing:4
Prep Time:10 minutes Effort:Easy
2 scoops of Vanilla Shake Mix 2 tablespoons of Natural Peanut Butter
3 drops of Stevia or 1 packet of Splendan/a

How to Prepare:
1.Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
2.Roll into any size desired.
3.Freeze for atleast 1hr.

skatkat92's picture
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Look good but flavorless.

spiridussha's picture

this biscuits are them

jennyfurjay's picture

These biscuits are fun to make and look impressively cute. We used icing to attach the eyes and feathers, piped from a bag. Quick and easy!
Watch out though, we ended up with 21 owls not 8! Not a problem when they look so good...

brittles's picture
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we used eggwash to put on the flaked almond feathers before baking and that worked very well, all stayed on

brittles's picture
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totally awesome to make and my kids had a great laugh making the owls have wonky eyes

jule955's picture
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Easy and so cute! I used a toothpick to put a drop of white chocolate behind the chocolate drops - easier than the brush unless you have a really fine one. Also, I would recommend preparing the flaked almonds before melting the white chocolate. Not a lot in my packet had retained their feather-like appearance due to being broken, and it took me a bit of time to find some I could use.

lickandspoon's picture

I followed the decorating instructions for these, using gingerbread dough instead, and they were fantastic. Looked very impressive! Photos on my blog at:

shrinkable's picture

Lovely biscuits, I used almond essence as I prefer it and I think it goes better with the almond theme. The kids love decorating the owls (some of them did not look very owl like though!) and the ones done by the adults really did look good.

1abi111's picture

Made the biscuits but not the decoration. Yum and easy to do.