Stained-glass Ginger Biscuits

So simple to make, these pretty ginger biscuits are good for parties and party bags. Here, we’ve made stained-glass stars, but any shape within a shape could work.

Serves: 24
Difficulty: Needs skill
Hands-On Time: 20 mins
Baking Time: 8 mins
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Step 1
Make the biscuit dough. Put the butter and both sugars in a food processor with the pinch of salt. Blitz until combined. Add the flour, baking powder and ground spices, then blitz again to form a dough.

Step 2
Remove the dough from the processor and shape it into a ball. Wrap it in cling film and chill it for 20 minutes. Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/Gas 4.

Step 3
Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the chilled biscuit dough to 3mm thick. Stamp out stars using the 8cm cutter, then stamp out the centre of each star using the 6cm cutter. Re-roll the trimmings as necessary until you have 24 biscuits. Gently place the biscuits on the lined baking sheets and refrigerate for 5 minutes.

Step 4
Place ½ teaspoon of crushed boiled sweets into the centre of each biscuit. Bake the biscuits for 7–8 minutes, until the sweets have melted and the biscuits are just golden. Cool in the tray for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 5
To decorate, beat together the icing sugar and egg white in a bowl until smooth. Spoon the icing into the piping bag. Use the icing to pipe around the star shape on the top of each biscuit, adding decorative dots at the point of each star.