Time:30 minutes + 10 minutes baking + icing time
Serves:approx 15 biscuits
50g caster sugar
100g softened butter
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g plain flour (plus extra for dusting)
For the decoration
About 200g icing sugar
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I got a new cookbook (James Morton: How baking works) recently so on yet another rainy afternoon we made these tasty iced party biscuits. They remind me of the classic party rings we had as a child and disappeared from the biscuit tin in record time so I think were a hit! It’s the first time for a while we had used icing to decorate biscuits but Hannah really enjoyed it.
Preheat your oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4
Line a baking tray with baking paper
Mix the biscuit ingredients together
Get your child to measure the sugar into a bowl. Weigh the butter, then cut into small pieces. While they are doing that separate the egg and add the yolk and the vanilla to the bowl.
Give your kid(s) a wooden spoon and get them to mix everything together until you have a soft paste.
Weigh out the flour and cornflour and then add them to your bowl. (Hannah was able to do this bit for us while Lewis was still mixing everything together – he’s a pro at mixing but still too little to help with the measuring.) Bring everything together until you have a nice dough. If it gets too stiff for the spoon, you can use your hands.
Make the biscuits
Lightly flour your work surface, pop your dough down then sprinkle with a little more flour. Get your toddler to roll out the dough until it’s the thickness of a £1 coin. They might need a little help to make sure they roll it evenly.
Using a large biscuit cutter, cut out circles and pop them on your baking tray. If you have a small cutter you can make them into rings by cutting out the centre – we kept them whole this time though as it’s a little simpler.
Squash any leftover bits back together and roll out again.
Put your baking tray(s) in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. They should be slightly firm to touch but not brown. Once done, leave them to cool on the tray.
Ice the biscuits
Get your toddler to put some icing sugar and a few drops of food colouring in a small bowl. Add a little (really tiny amount) boiled water to the icing sugar and mix together until you have a smooth paste. You can do as many or few colours as you want – Hannah chose 4.
Decorate your biscuits with the icing. We found the easiest way was to drizzle it on with a spoon. We also tried making patterns with more than one colour – add a second colour on top and use a cocktail stick or something similar to spread it out into lines. To make the classic iced party ring drizzle the second colour across the biscuit in thin lines then draw the toothpick the other way.
Leave your iced party biscuits to set then enjoy! Store them in an airtight container.