What's Christmas without festive Christmas biscuit recipes such as gingerbread, spiced biscuits, shortbread, brandy snaps or shaped cookies?
Christmas cookies with a difference! These rich biscuits have fruit mince and walnuts in them. perfect for gifts or a Christmas morning tea. Good for when you need a lot of biscuits!
A savoury shortbread, great as an entree or to serve with a selection of cheeses and dips.
This is an old German recipe for aniseed flavoured biscuits which belonged to my mother-in-law. I've been baking these for the years at Christmas! Nice if you can find a springerle rolling pin in antique or specialty shops, otherwise just use a normal rolling pin and cut to your own shapes.
This is the most basic biscuit recipe ever! Real butter and brown sugar give it an irresistible flavour.
This is the only recipe I have ever used for gingerbread. Hope you like it too!
Together with red and gold balls, stars, candles and all the other trimmings, these honey cookies are very eye-catching on the Christmas tree. Make some for the tree and some for eating!
These are called Spekulatius biscuits in Germany (Spekulaas in the Netherlands). If you do not have specially shaped moulds, roll out the dough as a sheet and cut into squares.
This delicious, lightly spiced gingerbread is hard to resist. Enjoy a slice with a cup of tea or try it for dessert, with custard or a little reduced-fat thickened cream or natural yogurt plus, perhaps, a spoonful of fresh apple compote.
Here's a healthier version of a traditional favourite. You can buy fancy-shaped cutters and let the kids cut out gingerbread figures, stars or Christmas trees. Chopped dried fruit or nuts make good decorations.
Make these 3 or 4 weeks before Christmas to allow the flavours to develop. These traditional German biscuits, called Pfeffernüsse, can be bought ready-made.
Served fresh from the oven these festive figures won't last long. It is best to bake a double quantity and freeze one portion without the icing. Thaw shortly before serving, then ice and reheat briefly.
Whether moulded as rounds or shaped as petticoat tails or fingers, the crumbly buttery texture of shortbread guarantees it a welcome at any morning or afternoon tea.
This recipe was an accident due to not having a traditional ingredient but everyone loves it! And it can be used for a gingerbread house with the royal icing.
These all-butter shortbread biscuits are simple yet luxurious. Use a biscuit cutter to make festive shapes for Christmas or any occasion!
This is a nice basic construction but you can make your house more elaborate as you get more familiar with the process. Use your imagination and lollies and icing to make doors, windows, pathways and a garden. The gingerbread needs to sit overnight after cooking and after assembly - the fun is in the decorating!
These extra chocolaty biscuits will cast a chocolate spell on you. This recipe includes a chocolate coating or drizzle but you can add icing on top, sandwich two biscuits together, or just eat them plain.
These are my family's favorite biscuit. They are simple to make, unique and pretty and make a great present at Christmas too. The almond icing is optional but nice.
Have a go at making these classic French scallop-shaped cakes. They're like a cross between a biscuit and a cake. If you can't find a madeleine mould you can try baking them in mini-muffin pans. Great for gifts, Christmas, Easter or any time that calls for a small, cute cake!
This is a good basic biscuit recipe that makes plain biscuits perfect for icing and decorating as Christmas biscuits or as decorated biscuits for any occasion.
These biscuits have been a Christmas family favorite for 20 years. Flaky and buttery, they are hazelnut flavoured and sprinkled with vanilla sugar. Yum! Prep time includes one hour of chilling the dough in the fridge.