In my humble opinion, you can't beat a novelty biscuit to raise a smile. I have not only made these for house warming parties and small get togethers, but naturally children love them, too.
The recipe is simple and because I don't own scales I measure everything by eye and using cups. The biscuit dough holds well and this makes it suitable for any size or shape of cutter.
Its also a great basic starter to add extra ingredients like cocoa powder, chocolate chips or warm spices.
For my fox shapes I used Drommar cookie cutters from Ikea, sadly you cant mail order them but there are plenty of other wonderful cutters available. Cox and Cox have a beautiful selection and I adore the Letterpress cutters, which would be great for spelling out messages (rude ones?) or names.
You will need...
3 mugs of plain flower
3 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of icing sugar
Make sure you pre-heat the oven to 200c and grease or line two baking trays in preparation for the cut cookies.
1. Rub the flour and butter together till it resembles wet sand.
2. Stir in the icing sugar.
3. Add enough cold water to bring the dough together into a nice ball, not too wet though!
4. Roll out till its about 1cm thick on a floured surface and cut into shapes.
5. Place on a buttered baking tray and bake for 15mins at 200c or until golden.
6. Leave to cool and ice (I used icing sugar mixed with yellow and red colouring to achieve the orange).
image courtesy of oftenhover.co.uk