*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                          Christmas Tree Biscuits
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 Serving Size  : 16   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cookies
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    6       oz           Plain flour
      1/2   ts           Bicarbonate of soda
    1       t            Ground mixed spice
    2       oz           Butter, chilled and cubed
    3       oz           Soft light brown sugar
    2       tb           Golden syrup, heated
    1                    Egg, beaten
                         Plain flour for dusting
    9       oz           Packet coloured fondant
                         Glace icing made with 2oz
                         Icing sugar & 2 tspn water
                         Icing sugar for rolling
                         Silver balls, sweets,
                         Desiccated coconut, gold
   Preheat oven to 190'C (375'F). Grease two baking
   sheets. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spice
   into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour until the
   mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
   Add the golden syrup and egg and mix to form a dough.
   Gently knead the dough on a floured surface until
   smooth, the roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Use christmas
   cutters to cut out 16 shapes. Lift shapes on to baking
   sheets and bake until just firm to the touch. Make a
   hole large enough for gold thread at the top of each
   biscuit. Transfer to cooling rack and leave until
   cold. To decorate, roll out fondant icing on a clean
   surface dusted with icing sugar. Cut out shapes with
   cutters and place on biscuits, securing them with a
   little water. Make a hole for thread as before.
   Decorate with piped glace icing, silver balls, sweets
   or coconut. Thread each biscuit with gold thread and
   hang on Christmas tree, if liked.
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