This is my basic biscuit recipe but at Easter I usually decorate the biscuits differently. If you put them into little cellophane bags they make a great alternative to an Easter Egg as a gift!
- 125g of icing sugar- make sure you sift it or the biscuits will be lumpy!
- Vanilla extract- I usually fill up the lid of the bottle, alternatively a teaspoon should be plenty!
- Egg Yolk (you can use the whites to make meringue, recipe to follow soon)
- 250g of softened butter – If the butter is hard it becomes really hard to mix the ingredients.
- 375g of plain flour- again make sure you sift it!
- Royal Icing.
- Food Colouring. Whatever colours you like- personally I think pastel blues, pinks and yellows work best!
- Bunny shaped character.
- Heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius or gas mark 6.
- Grease a baking tray.
- Mix the egg, icing sugar and butter altogether. I find it best to do this in a big bowl with my hands. It’s messy but a lot easier.
- Add the vanilla.
- Now add the flour.
- The mixture should become firmer and be light yellow colour.
- Form a large ball with the dough and place onto a flat surface such as an icing board or a clean kitchen surface. Make sure you put some icing sugar down to prevent the dough sticking to you surface!
- Roll out the dough and cut with the bunny cutter.
- Place the cut biscuits onto the greased baking tray.
- Cook the biscuits for about 15-20 minutes. They should be slightly golden in colour but not yet brown.
- Pull off a chunk of the icing from the block.
- Add a few drops of colouring.
- Kneed in the colouring until the icing turns from white into a solid colour. This can take a while but just keep going, it will happen. The more colouring you add the deeper the colour you will make.
- Roll the icing out, ideally onto an icing board but a kitchen surface dusted with icing sugar will also do.
- Cut the icing with the bunny cuter.
- Turn the icing shape over.
- Wet your finger a little under the tap.
- Brush the wet finger over the icing shape. It should become tacky.
- Place the tacky side directly onto the biscuit.
- Repeat steps 1 to 3 for different colours.
- If you like you can use writing icing to draw on faces.