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Star-shaped biscuits

These edible tree decorations are guaranteed to charm your guests at Christmas. They'd also be a good way of keeping the children amused in the school holidays as they can decorate them with icing, sugar strands and silver balls.

 
 
 Star-shaped biscuits

  Makes 12 biscuits

Ingredients
 8 oz (225 g) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
 4 oz (110 g) caster sugar
 4 oz (110 g) cold butter, chopped
 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
 1 x 454 g pack Ready to Roll Regalice white icing
 1 oz (25 g) icing sugar, for dusting
 silver balls, for decorating
 Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 350 (180C).
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Equipment
You will also need a 41/4 inch (12 cm) star cutter, a skewer, 2 large baking sheets lightly greased, and about 3 yards (3.6 m) silver wire to hang the biscuits.

This recipe is from Delia's Complete Christmas Magazine 2004

Method

Whiz the flour, sugar and butter in a processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the egg and a teaspoon of water and whiz again until the mixture forms a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of a £1 coin and use the star cutter to punch out the biscuits.

With the skewer, make a hole in each one to thread the wire through later. Transfer the biscuits to the baking sheets and bake them for 10-15 minutes, one sheet on the top shelf of the oven and the other on the middle shelf, swapping them halfway through.

Cool on a wire rack.

When the biscuits are cold, roll out the icing on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar to about 1/8 inch (3 mm). Cut out 12 stars.

Lightly brush one side of each biscuit with cooled, boiled water and press an icing star on to each. Make a hole through the icing above the first hole.

Decorate by simply pressing silver balls into the icing.

Thread wire through the holes and hang the biscuits on the tree.

 

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