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Party Biscuits - Basic Recipe & Ideas
If you're itching to create some party biscuit masterpieces yourself, it's actually much easier than you might think. First, master our basic biscuit recipe and then follow our easy tips for icing your little masterpieces!
125g room temperature butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg at room temperature, beaten
2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.
- Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until they have creamed (become pale and creamy).
- Drop in the vanilla and the egg and beat until all mixed together.
- Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and once the batter has become stiff enough, take out of the bowl and knead together.
- Roll out on a lightly floured board or your kitchen bench to about 3-4mm thick. Try to get the dough as flat as you can. Many bakers use the trick of running the dough through a pasta machine to get the even thickness you see in shops.
- Use cookie cutters to cut your biscuits into the shapes for your cookies.
- Place onto a greased baking tray lined with baking paper for about 12 minutes or until golden. Keep a keen eye on the oven as they are cooking as they easily overcook if left in for a few minutes too long.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once completely cook, you can get to icing.
Icing and Decorating
Icing and decorating your cookies is the fun part! You can be completely creative with your decorations. For a basic cookie icing, follow our simple recipe below which will give you a smooth and shiny dried icing finish:
1 cup icing sugar sifted a couple of times to ensure it is completely free of lumps
2 teaspoons of milk
2 teaspoons of corn syrup (try your delicatessan or health food shop if this isn't available in your local supermarket)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste. You can use this recipe to line the outside of the cookie and then thin the icing recipe with a little more corn syrup and drop inside the border to smoothly fill in the shape. Add your decorations, sprinkles and lollies for decorating before the icing dries.
Here are some gorgeous party cookies for you to try for your next event - perfect as a favour and treat for guests at a wedding, baby shower, children's birthday party and seasonal events like Christmas. We can't wait to see your creative ideas too!
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