Spiced acorn biscuits shaped as squirrels served on a plate

Spiced acorn biscuits

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus chilling and cooling

Easy

Makes 24

Bake simple biscuits using a little acorn flour to add a hint of nuttiness and a slightly more robust texture – ideal for dunking in your tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per biscuit

  • kcal138
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter, cubed
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 275-300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 25-50g acorn flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg, plus 1 yolk
    Eggs

    Egg

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  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mixed spice or cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

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  • white icing or melted chocolate, to decorate

Method

  1. Rub the butter into the flours using your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar, the egg and yolk, vanilla, mixed spice or cinnamon and bring together to form a dough. Roll out on a lightly floured surface and stamp out 6cm round biscuits (or any shape you like). Re-roll the trimmings and repeat. Arrange on parchment-lined trays and chill for 30 mins. 

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Bake the biscuits for 10 mins, then leave to cool. Decorate with icing, or dip one side in chocolate and leave to set.

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