Fancy iced biscuits

Fancy iced biscuits

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 15 mins - 17 mins plus chilling and setting


Makes 20

Edd Kimber talks through how to master piping and flood icing to create these cute cookies with a distinct decoration

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked dough or baked but un-iced

Nutrition: per biscuit

  • kcal210
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g
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    For lime & vanilla biscuits

    • 300g plain flour
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 150g golden caster sugar
    • zest 3 limes



      The same shape, but smaller than…

    • 150g cold unsalted butter, diced
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste



      The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

    To decorate

    • 400g royal icing sugar
    • juice 1-2 lemons (about 75ml), or 2-4 limes



      Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

    • gel food colouring - we used orange, pink and yellow


    1. Line a couple of trays with baking parchment and heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Mix together the flour, salt, caster sugar and lime zest (keep the zested limes for the icing). Add the butter and rub together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    2. Beat the egg and vanilla bean paste together with a fork, then mix into the other ingredients. Knead until even. Chill until firm, then roll on a lightly floured surface until about 4-5mm thick. Stamp out 8cm rounds, transfer to baking trays, then chill again for 15 mins before baking for 15-17 mins until golden. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool before decorating.

    3. For the icing, put the royal icing sugar into a bowl, add about 65ml lemon or lime juice and use a metal spoon or electric mixer to beat until it is fairly thick and glossy. If the icing is too thick though, it will be hard to pipe. Take a quarter of the icing, put into a piping bag fitted with a No 2 (very small round) piping nozzle and set aside. To see step-by-step images, please see the tips, below left, for a link to our guide page.

    4. For the flood icing, add another 10ml lemon or lime juice to the remaining icing, a few drops at a time until it is pourable. You can now divide this icing into as many bowls as you like and colour by mixing in a little gel food colouring.

    5. Place the coloured icing into three piping bags, ready for decorating.

    6. To decorate the biscuits, use the thicker icing to draw your outline or design onto the biscuits. Let the icing set for a few minutes.

    7. Pipe enough runnier icing to cover the entire biscuit – don’t worry about it being neat at this point. Use a toothpick to spread the icing evenly inside the hard icing ‘wall’. If the surface of the icing isn’t flat, gently shake the biscuit back and forth until you have a smooth covering.

    8. To add a simple dot decoration, while the icing is still wet, use the runnier icing again to pipe dots again – this will sink on, leaving you with a smooth effect. Pop the biscuits onto a baking tray and place into an oven at its lowest setting for about 30 mins to allow the icing to set hard.

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    Ellie Williams's picture
    Ellie Williams
    12th Sep, 2019
    Great recipe! Worked well for me, I won my office Bake Off
    29th Sep, 2013
    This recipe made a nice crisp biscuit, but in my oven at least, 15 minutes at 180C was way too long. Ten minutes was plenty.
    Claudia Milena's picture
    Claudia Milena
    27th Feb, 2018
    How long would this keep fresh for once baked? Thanks
    goodfoodteam's picture
    28th Feb, 2018
    Thanks for your question. These biscuits will keep in an airtight container for 2 - 3 days.
    11th Sep, 2017
    Can I leave out the lime in the biscuit recipe and swap the fruit juice for water in the icing?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    12th Sep, 2017
    Thanks for your question. Yes you can!
    25th Nov, 2016
    Can you freeze these?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    28th Nov, 2016
    Thanks for your question. You can freeze these uncooked or cooked but un-iced.
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