What better way to get the kids all excited for Santa’s pending arrival than with these reindeer biscuits. If Santa’s lucky, he may even get one on his plate on Christmas Eve!
MAKES 8 BIG BISCUITS | 1hr prep & cook
200g salted butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
85g golden caster sugar
85g ground rice
225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
3 tbsp icing sugar
8 red Smarties
16 white sweets or white chocolate buttons, for the eyes
black writing icing tube.
Put the butter, vanilla and sugar in a big mixing bowl and stir together until smooth. Stir in the ground rice first, then the flour. If it starts to get dry, you might need to use your hands to squish everything together to make a smooth dough.
Put a piece of baking parchment on a baking sheet. Make the dough into a round ball in the middle of the parchment, then use your hands to push it down and flatten it. Get a rolling pin and dust it with some flour so it doesn’t stick to the dough. Use the rolling pin to roll the dough out to a big circle.
Get a 22-23cm round plate, cake tin or cardboard template and place on top of the dough when you’ve rolled it big enough. Use a cutlery knife to trim round the edges to make a neat circle and throw away the trimmings.
Use a knife to mark the giant biscuit into 8 smaller wedge-shaped biscuits – pretend you are cutting a pizza into slices but don’t actually cut it. Prick lines from the edge to the centre of the dough. Use the back of a fork to press all around the top of the circle along the edge to make a line pattern (it’s going to be hair for your reindeer!)
Cover with cling film and put the tray in the fridge for 30 mins to get cold. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cook the chilled shortbread for 25 mins until golden. Cool completely on the tray, then use a sharp knife to follow the lines you made and cut into 8 wedges.
Mix the icing sugar with 1-2 tsp of water to make a thickish icing. Dunk each Smartie in and use like glue to stick one on the pointy end of each biscuit to make red noses. Dunk in your white sweets or chocolate buttons and stick them 2cm in from the edge at the other end to be eyes. Use the black writing icing tube to add dots to the white eyes, then let all the icing dry and go hard.
Carefully wrap each biscuit in a square of cellophane or put in a cellophane bag. Twist the middle of a pipe cleaner in a loop around the top of the bag or gathered cellophane to enclose the biscuit. Now twist each end of the pipe cleaner so it looks like the reindeer’s antlers. Add labels and give to your friends and family – or hang on your Christmas tree.
If you want to package your biscuits up as gifts, you’ll also need:
8 cellophane bags (15 x 25cm)
or 8 x 40cm cellophane squares
8 brown pipe cleaners labels and string or ribbon
Recipe can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/rudolph-shortbread
Connect with us
View by date
Now in it’s 40th year, there has always been some controversy when it comes to the Brits, with this year’s event no exception with the furore over the lack of female nominees. But who won big last night? Hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall for the third year running, the 40th Brit Awards ceremony took place …Read more...
If you build something up too much you just may set yourself up for disappointment. Try to go into any property viewing with an open mind. Your favourite property may disappoint, while the one you didn’t want to view could be perfect. And your perfect home will probably be the most expensive thing you ever …Read more...
For many, 14th of February will involve making romantic plans with a loved one. But where does Valentine’s Day originate from? The name Valentine itself comes from a Saint and Christian martyr, although who he was is shrouded in mystery; just like the cards we send today. However, the most popular belief is that …Read more...
“Parasite” received four awards at this year’s Oscars, including the prestigious Best Picture award: making it the first time that a non-English language film has done so. The 92nd Academy Awards honoured the best films of the year, with the event taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Presented by the Academy of Motion …Read more...
The Champions League returns with the ‘Last 16’ games kicking off this month and running through to the 18th March. Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City are all hoping to make it through to the last eight; however, Europe’s elite squads stand in their way. Chelsea Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are at a crossroads. Still in …Read more...