Christmas Season – Once upon a time…

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Once upon a time, there was a forest where snow was coarse sugar. Among the red firs, there was a towering Christmas tree and a house.
Lemony shortbread tree, vanilla biscuit house, and ginger cinnamon shortbreads.


Tree and Shortbread House Biscuit

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Course: Dessert, Teatime
Keyword: Biscuits, Cookie, Cookies
Preparation: Easy
Prep Time: 53 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Christmas Tree

  • 250 g Plain flour + extra for dusting
  • 30 g Almond powder
  • 70 g Icing sugar
  • 140 g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Lime zest ( Untreated Organic Lime)
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice

Forest Cabin

  • 250 g Plain flour + extra for dusting
  • 125 g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 120 g Caster sugar Superfine
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract

Ginger and Cinnamon Extra Biscuit

  • 250 g Plain flour
  • 125 g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 80 g Caster sugar Superfine
  • 40 g Dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1Β½ tsp Cinnamon powder

Equipment (Recommended)

zester
cookiecutterstar
cookiecutterhouse
To glue the parts of the tree and house, use melted chocolate, a writing icing pen, chocolate piping tube…

Instructions

Knead the doughs!

  • Finely zest the lime;
  • In a bowl, sift the flour; add the almond powder, the icing sugar, the butter, and egg; knead;
  • When the dough begins to be set, add the lime zest and one tablespoon of lime juice; adjust the texture of the dough with some extra lime juice (a very small amount each time), knead before adding more;
  • When the dough is set, dust your hands with flour and shape a ball;
  • Place into a plate and cover with cling film; refrigerate for 30 minutes;
  • In a bowl, sift the flour; Add the caster sugar, the butter and, egg; knead;
    Add the vanilla extract; adjust the texture with a tablespoon of water;
  • When the dough is set, dust your hands with flour and shape a ball;
    Place into a plate and cover with cling film; refrigerate for 30 minutes;
  • In a bowl, sift the flour; add the sugars, butter, egg, and ginger and cinnamon; knead well;
  • When the dough is set, dust your hands with flour and shape a ball;
    Place into a plate and cover with cling film; refrigerate for 30 minutes;

Shape the cookies!

  • Preheat the oven 170-180Β°C;
  • Dust a clean flat surface with flour; Roll out the lime dough; use your hands to press it down into a flatter thick circle; with a rolling pin, roll out the dough; dust with flour if it begins to stick. Roll out the dough until the sheet is about 1 cm ( β…“") thick;
  • With a cookie cutter ( star or flake shape) cut out all the cookies you'll need for the tree; place on a baking tray (use baking parchment);
  • Knead and roll out dough leftover; shape new biscuits as you wish;
  • Bake for 12 minutes until lightly golden;
  • Wait 2 minutes before transferring on a wire rack to cool down;
  • Roll out the vanilla dough until the sheet is about 1 cm ( β…“") thick; Cut out the walls and the roof shapes; knead and roll out dough leftover, shape new biscuits as you wish;
  • Cut out the house parts with the knife if you don't have house cookie cutters;
  • Bake for 12 minutes until lightly golden; wait 1-2 minutes before transferring on a wire rack to cool down;
  • Roll out the ginger and cinnamon dough until the sheet is about 6-7mm ( ΒΌ") thick;
  • Cut out the shapes; knead and roll out dough leftover, shape new biscuits as you wish;
    Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden;
  • Wait 1-2 minutes before transferring on a wire rack to cool down;
  • The first steps are completed! Congratulations!
  • Prepare the shapes needed for the Christmas tree;
  • Stack the star-shapes one by one;
  • Stick the star shapes with melted chocolate or use an edible glue or a writing icing pen;
  • Build the house walls (I used coffee cups to secure the process and keep the walls straight up until set);
  • Proceed the same for the roof parts;
  • Decorate the Christmas tree biscuit with chocolate (piping tube, icing pen…);
  • Be imaginative!
  • Decorate the house;
  • Decorate the ginger and cinnamon cookies;
  • Enjoy Christmas Season!

Notes

To glue the parts of the tree and house, use melted chocolate, a writing icing pen, chocolate piping tube…

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