For me (as terrible as this is to admit) with a warm drink comes some kind of sweet treat, whether it be a modist rich tea or a full blown slab of Victoria sponge I think the two go had in hand.
I was in M&S buying coffee the other day (This is a daily occurrence until Santa hopefully brings me a Tassimo) and they had these little gingerbread style men that hooked over the edge of your cup (for £1.85 I might add). In usual style I whipped my phone out and took a picture to look in to ways I could recreate it at home, and I came up with this.
- 190g plain flour
- 125g unsalted butter
- 55g caster sugar
Measure out your butter and sugar and rub together with a large spoon.
Add the flour and start mixing with the same spoon then move on to your fingers to form a dough.
If it’s too dry ad a touch of milk or too wet add a little bit more flour.
Roll out the dough to about 0.5cm in thickness and cut out your shapes (worth mentioning you will be cutting a fair bit out so make sure it’s a decent size cutter)
Once you’ve cut all the shapes out take a small sharp knife and start removing cm wide strips from each shape.
Once they are all done pop them in the oven at 180 C until they start to brown.
Note: leave them to cool on the baking tray so they harden up, we lost few because being warm they were still soft and broke in half.
Once cool get your icing ready, I don’t use a recipe for this I just pop some icing sugar in a bowl and add water until it’s the right consistency (If you are time savvy then shop bought tubes do a great job and there’s no judgement from me) then load up your piping bag and get decorating (however you want).
Once fully cool and with the icing set you’re ready to go. Make your favorite hot drink, leaving enough room at the top and pop your biscuit on.
This is a great little add on when you have guests (especially children) coming over.
of for yourself because it’s Christmas 🙂
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