Christmas-tree shaped biscuits nestled in icing sugar snow

Matcha & coconut trees

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins plus chilling

Easy

Makes about 35

Bake a batch of these Christmas tree-shaped biscuits over the holiday season. They're flavoured with green tea and coconut

Nutrition and extra info

  • biscuit dough only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per tree

  • kcal73
  • fat4g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.07g
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Ingredients

  • 50g desiccated coconut, plus extra to decorate
    Coconut

    Coconut

    koe-koe-nut

    A large hairy, brown nut that grows on the coconut tree, found throughout the world's…

  • 60g icing sugar
  • 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 125g cold butter, chopped
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 lime, zested and 1 tsp juice
    Lime

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

For the icing

  • about 100g icing sugar
  • about 3 tsp milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • green food colouring (optional)

You will need

  • tree-shaped biscuit cutter

Method

  1. Finely grind the desiccated coconut with the icing sugar in a coffee grinder or food processor. Mix together the flour and matcha powder, then add to the coconut mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and a pinch of salt, and quickly knead everything to a smooth dough. Wrap and leave in the fridge for at least 30 mins.

  2. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/ gas 3. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to a thickness of about 5mm and, using the tree-shaped cutter, press out the trees. Put them on baking sheets lined with baking parchment and bake for about 10-15 mins. To make sure they stay nice and green, the trees should hardly be browned. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

  3. For the icing, tip the icing sugar into a small bowl and gradually add the milk, stirring until smooth. Add a few dops of food colouring, if you like. Decorate the biscuits with it, then sprinkle with desiccated coconut. Set aside until completely dry. Will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

    Recipe adapted from Let it Snow by Agnes Prus (£7.99, Hardie Grant). Photographs © Frauke Antholz.

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