( MAKES 36 )
Photo by Annabel Langbein Media
What kid doesn't love animal biscuits? The homemade ones are such fun to create - let the kids have a go at decorating them if you dare.
For the biscuits
|125 g||Butter, at room temperature|
|1 tsp||Vanilla extract|
|2 cups||Flour, plus extra to dust|
|1 tsp||Baking powder|
|1 tsp||Mixed spice|
For the royal icing
- Preheat oven to 160C fanbake and line 2 oven trays with baking paper. Beat together butter and sugar until creamy, then mix in egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and combine to make a soft dough. Leave to rest for 20 minutes.
- Place on floured bench, cover with baking paper, and roll out thinly. Use cutters to cut into animal shapes, re-rolling leftover dough as you go.
- Carefully transfer to prepared oven trays and bake until light golden and set (15 minutes). Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- While the biscuits are baking, make the royal icing. Beat egg white until thick and fluffy, then slowly add icing sugar and lemon juice. To test consistency, lift out a small spoonful and drizzle back into the bowl - if the line is still visible after 5 seconds, thin the icing a little with more egg white. If it sinks straight away add more icing sugar. Stir in drops of food colouring if desired.
- Once biscuits are fully cooled, use a piping bag or plastic bag with a small corner cut off and pipe a line of icing around the edge of the biscuit, a little in from the edge. Then fill in the middle with icing and decorate with sprinkles, if using. Animal biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.
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