Christmas biscuit houses

These biscuits are absolutely beautiful! Yes they took bloody ages to make, but the mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and orange zest makes these so Christmassy and wonderful! They’re not too difficult if you have patience and are so cool as a different biscuit to have with a cup of tea or hot chocolate!

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You’ll need:

200g butter

200g muscovado sugar

2 (heaped) tablespoons golden syrup

300g plain flour

2tsp cinnamon

1tsp ginger

1/3 tsp nutmeg

Zest of one orange

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

To decorate:

Icing sugar

Food colouring (I only used pink)

Deocrations – I used little stars and food glitter

Lemon juice

Put the sugar and butter into a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until dough is formed.

Roll into a ball and then wrap in clingfilm and rest for half hour.

Whilst the dough is resting I cut the shaped for the house. You’ll need: a front (and back) with a door cut out to rest on the side of a cup, two larger roof panels and two small side panels.

When the dough is chilled, roll it out onto a floured surface, be careful its quite delicate dough.

Cut all the shapes, making sure you have the right amount of each for the houses!

Place on baking paper, and on a tray and cook on 180 for only about 5 minutes, they should still be soft when you take them out.

Mix the icing sugar with lemon juice and a bit of water until it is the right consistency and then decorate the sides first and let dry before putting them together, sticking with icing sugar (this might require two people).

Allow them to fully dry before trying to move them!

Enjoy! Happy baking!

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