It's lovely to give and receive gifts made by hand – and even better when you can eat them! Bake a batch of these creative Christmas biscuits to pack into jars and share with loved ones.
- Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Grease and line 2 baking trays with nonstick baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Sift in the flour and stir until combined, then tip out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently to form a soft dough.
- Divide the mixture into three. Knead a few drops of red colouring into one and green colouring into another, leaving the remaining one plain.
- You should have enough dough to make 2 sets of 'Merry Christmas'. Start by taking 8 walnut-sized balls (in any colours you like) and lightly rolling each into a roughly 6cm circle. Using cookie cutters, stamp out a few of the letters from each piece, keeping the circle. Add the letter back to the dough to use again.
- Roll out the remaining dough and cut out the rest of the letters in a random colour selection to complete the phrase 'Merry Christmas' twice. Transfer all the letters to the trays; bake the individual letters on 1 tray for 6-7 mins and the circles on the other for 10-12 mins. Gently press on the sprinkles, if using.
- Allow to cool on the tray for 5 mins, then transfer to a cooling rack. Layer each set of letters into a glass jar and decorate with ribbon. Eat within a week.
Tip: Drop a couple of sugar cubes into the jars with the cookies to keep them crisp.
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