Easter Biscuits

These tasty biscuits are a great alternative to chocolate at Easter and easy to make with the children.


Ingredients
200g/8oz softened butter
150g/6oz caster sugar
2 egg yolks
400g/14oz plain flour
1 level tsp mixed spice
1 level tsp ground cinnamon
1 Lemon zest (optional, but I like it)
100g/4oz currants
2-4 tbsp milk (if required)
a little caster sugar, for sprinkling

Serves 12

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Lightly grease two baking trays lined with baking parchment.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the lemon zest (optional) and beat in the egg yolk.
  5. Sieve in the flour, spices and currants and add milk (if necessary) to give a fairly stiff dough.
  6. Roll out dough on a floured surface until 5mm/¼” thick.
  7. Cut into rounds using a circular cutter (or shapes if you prefer).
  8. Place on the prepared baking trays.
  9. Gather together the off cuts and re roll to make further biscuits.
  10. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10/12 minutes or until golden brown. My oven’s quite fierce, they all vary.
  11. Sprinkle with extra caster sugar when still hot, then transfer to a wire tray to cool.
  12. Or wait until cooled and decorate with icing.

If you don’t like currants, then just leave them out – you still get a delicious biscuit which could be decorated with icing instead.

I always think these make nice presents at Easter; you can package them up in cellophane, tie with a ribbon and decorate with Easter chicks or flowers.

Happy Easter! x

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