• Simple, gorgeous and delicious, iced biscuits are just one of those baked goods that everyone should know how to make. Light and sweet, they’re an absolute classic. Enjoy for a lovely teatime treat. 

    Iced biscuits

    Ingredients

    • Biscuits

    • 240g (2 cups) cake flour + extra,
    • for rolling
    • 5ml (1 tsp) baking powder
    • a pinch of salt
    • 100g (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
    • 250ml (1 cup) sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
    • Icing

    • 300g icing sugar, sifted
    • 45 – 60ml (3 – 4 tbsp) water
    • food colouring

    Instructions

    1

    Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

    2

    With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture, beating until well combined.

    3

    Divide the dough in half and flatten into discs. Wrap the discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.

    4

    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Remove the dough from the fridge and set aside for 5 minutes.

    5

    Roll the dough to a medium thickness between two sheets of baking paper. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters and transfer to the prepared trays using a spatula.

    6

    Bake until golden, about 8 – 10 minutes depending on size. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.

    7

    For the icing, combine the icing sugar with 45ml (3 tbsp) water and mix to form a thick paste. An extra 15ml (1 tbsp) of water can be added if it’s too thick. Divide into three bowls and add less than a drop of selected colours to each. Mix well and ice biscuits. Allow icing to set and serve.

    Notes

    Cook's tip: Bling your biscuit – add sparkly sugar crystals, sugar garnishes or flowers to your icing before it sets.

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