From spiced gingerbread people to crunchy fruity biscotti, you’ve got to have sweet treats at Christmas. Festive cookies are the perfect homemade gift or to have ready in a tin for impromptu visits, plus it’s an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. Bring out the fondant, icing pens and your favourite sweets, and fill yourself with festive cheer (and biscuits).
Chocolate florentine biscuits
We’ve given the classic florentine a biscuity base to make them sturdier and better for dunking into a hot drink. Packaged up and topped with a ribbon, these gorgeous biscuits make a great homemade edible Christmas gift. Stained glass biscuits
Made with orange and ginger, these biscuits taste as good as they look and you can hang your creations on the tree. Use boiled sweets to fill your windows with a warm, tinted glow. Try to resist plucking them before Christmas Day! Gingerbread jumpers
Everyone loves a Christmas jumper! Warm up in the chilly weather with these beautiful knit-inspired biscuits. Use icing, sprinkles and our easy to follow step-by-step guide to create the patterns.Rudolph shortbread biscuits
Turn easy shortbread triangles into everyone’s favourite reindeer, complete with shiny red nose. Use Smarties and other sweets for the face and pipe cleaners for antlers. Then watch them disappear faster than Father Christmas’s sleigh. Melting snowman biscuits
You’ll need marshamallows and icing to create this melting effect. If you’re feeling extra festive, you can make the chocolate chip cookies yourself, or just assemble the snowmen on top of store-bought biccies for a quick craft project with the kids. Snowy owl tree biscuits
Here’s another biscuit that doubles as a cute Christmas tree decoration with almond ‘feathers’ and white and dark chocolate eyes. An easy bake, all you need is pretty string, or ribbons, and a light touch to turn the cookies into festive art. Gingerbread penguin biscuits
Bring a little bit of Antarctica into your kitchen with these cute penguin biscuits made with warming ginger spice. The gingerbread recipe is so simple you’ll be making batch after batch for family and friends. Needless to say, fondant has never looked better. Honey & spice cookies
Sugar, spice and all things nice have gone into these easy honeyed cookies. Dip them in dark chocolate for an added layer of indulgence. Get the kids involved in making them and cutting out the shapes ready for baking. If you want a change from generic gingerbread, these are sure to be a new festive favourite. Snowflake biscuits
These beautiful biscuits are perfect for gifting at Christmas. Use white sprinkles, silver balls and white fondant to create a suitably glittery, snowy treat. Get the cutters out, your gift boxes wrapped and Secret Santa is sorted.
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