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Jack Monroe's tree biscuits

Published on November 24, 2014
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Jack Monroe's tree biscuits recipe

Make these pretty tree biscuits from Jack Monroe’s book, A Year in 120 Recipes, with the kids and start a new family tradition.

Makes 24

You will need

  • Unsalted butter 100g, plus a little extra for greasing
  • Flour 300g, plus a little extra for dusting
  • Eggs 2
  • Caster sugar 100g
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Icing sugar to dust (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c/gas 4.
  2. Rub the butter in to the flour to form a breadcrumb consistency.
  3. Beat the eggs. Tip the sugar and cinnamon in to the flour mixture, then beat in the eggs to form a dough.
  4. Flour the work surface, tip out the dough, and work it briefly to shape. Wrap it in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll out. Once firm, roll out on a floured surface to around ½cm thick.
  5. Use a cookie-cutter or blunt knife to shape the biscuits. Re-roll the trimmings until all the dough is used up.
  6. To hang the biscuits on the tree, make a small hole using a skewer or the tip of a sharp knife. Make sure the hole is large enough as it will get a little smaller in the oven.
  7. Lightly grease a baking sheet, and place the cookies on top, leaving a few millimetres around each one. Bake in the centre of the oven for 12 minutes, until just golden and crisp. Take them out, and allow to cool on the baking sheet.
  8. Dredge lightly with icing sugar while still warm and thread string or ribbon through if hanging on the tree.

Jack Monroe won the 2013 Fortnum and Mason Judges’ Choice Award for her blog, A Girl Called Jack. As well as writing a recipe column for The Guardian, she campaigns against hunger and poverty in the UK. Her second book, A Year In 120 Recipes, is published by Penguin, £18.99, hardback.

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