On The 9th Day Of Christmas...Christmas Biscuits With Mummy Elf

So todays post is going to be slightly different today - I am pleased to announce that my mum is taking over for today and is going to be recreating a simple recipe that we used to do together when I was young, so without further ado, take it away Mummy Elf !

Hello everyone, Mummy Elf here
So on today's takeover I am going to be making some spiced Shrewsbury biscuits. This is a really simple recipe that is really quick and easy, whether you are making them yourself or if the kids are helping and probably hindering you.

All you will need is:

125 grams of butter or margarine

150 g caster sugar

1 egg yolk

225 grams of plain flour

1 tsp of mixed spice

1 tsp of ground cinnamon 

Some festive cookie cutters

Once you have all of these, its time to get started!

First of all preheat your oven to gas mark 4 and grease 2 large baking trays. 
Next you want to work those arm muscles by creaming the fat and sugar together until pale and fluffy. This does take a while but is key to making sure the next step works.

Add the egg yolk and beat well. As a tip, I like to add a little bit at a time. Although it takes slightly longer, the mixture doesn't curdle and go funny. 

Stir in the flour and sift the mixed spice and cinnamon - this is bound to make you sneeze!

Your mixture should now be a fairly firm dough which you can now knead lightly and roll out to about 0.5 cm in thickness. (Remember to flour the surface else it might prove a little tricky to continue)

Now its time for your festive cookie cutters to come out of hiding and be put to work. Place each biscuit onto the greased baking tray and place into the oven.

I usually like to bake them for about 12-15 minutes and take them out once they are firm and a very light brown colour.

I hope you enjoy your spiced Shrewsbury biscuits as much as I enjoyed mine. Christmas is a time for sharing, love and family so why not make these with someone you care about? 

Mummy Elf is signing off now but I may just make another sneaky appearance before Christmas!


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