Saturday 30 December 2023

Recipe Post 2023 - Christmas Sparkly Angels !


I hope you all are healthy and happy, geared up for the brilliant year ahead! Today's recipe marks a special dedication to Christmas with its delicate cinnamon spice and Christmas cheer with the glazy white icing. It is typically a tradition of mine to make these biscuits using star cookie cutters, however this year I was inspired by the Hark Angels Hymn, and used angels instead!!

To make these spectacular angel cookies, you'll need:

- 215g of plain flour

- 1 tsp of baking powder

- a pinch of salt

- 140g of unsalted butter, slightly softened

- 115g of soft light brown sugar

- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon (I wanted an extra cinnamon-y taste, so I added 1½ tsp)

- 1 egg yolk ONLY

For decoration:

- 200g of icing sugar

- 1 tbsp of lemon juice (this is important for the taste as well as a slight glazed finish)

- 1-2 tbsp of water

- Edible decorating balls (I will link the ones I used at the end)

Equipment Needed:

- A sieve

- Large mixing bowl

- Large wooden spoon

- Rolling pin

- Cookie cutter of one's choice

- 2 large baking trays lined with baking paper

- Wire cooling rack

- Small mixing bowl

- Silver teaspoon

Instructions to bake:

1) Begin by pre-heating the oven to 180℃/160℃ Fan/ 350°F/ Gas Mark 4.

2) Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.

3) Following Step 2, rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs(see images below). Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon and egg yolk.

4) Using your hands, gather the biscuit mixture to form a soft dough. Lightly flour the work surface and rolling pin before rolling the dough until it's around 5mm thick.

5) Manoeuvre your chosen cookie cuter to stamp out as many biscuits as possible, and carefully transfer onto the prepared baking sheets

6) Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes until they turn a light golden colour/slightly browned at top. Leave the biscuits to cool a little then eventually move to the wire rack.

Baking Note (BN): While the biscuits are baking, the wafting aroma of cinnamon fills the entire house and invites warm Christmas feels and festivity🥰🥰🥰

7) For the icing, place icing sugar in a small bowl, add the lemon juice and gradually stir in the water to produce a smooth glaze.

8) Spread the icing over each biscuit, using the back of a teaspoon and decorate with the edible balls.

Step-by-step photos (I have placed instruction numbers and small captions beside each photo):

Ingredients needed

           Step 2-3, when flour mix was added

Step 3 shows correct consistency
                Step 4

Step 4
     Step 5 (I had no spare baking paper, so used foil instead)

Step 7
Disclaimer: if you're under 18 in the UK or not legal age to drink, this is not allowed !

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