It has recently been my niece Darcey's second birthday... and to help celebrate the occasion I made these very pink and super girly iced biscuits!
I found the recipe on the BBC Good Food website (I find all there recipes so easy to follow), which I do visit rather frequently. Obviously, this is a hugely versatile recipe when it comes to the decorating part. They could be for absolutely any occasion! Here's what you need to make 24 biscuits...
100g Caster Sugar
275g Plain Flour
1tsp Vanilla Extract
400g Icing Sugar
3-4 tbsp Water
So first of all, get that oven set to 190'c so its the perfect temperature when your biscuits are ready for baking!
Into the bowl, add the butter and sugar. Cream them together until smooth creamy and well combined. In a mug, put the egg and the vanilla essence and give it a quick whisk to break up the egg. Then add it gradually to the butter and sugar mix.
Now, slowly sift in the flour bit by bit until well combined and the dough starts to come together.
Flour the surface you are working on and roll out the dough to a thickness that is about 1cm. Using your biscuit cutters of choice, get cutting out and place the biscuits straight on to the tray (lined with some grease proof paper, or... if you forgot to pick up grease proof paper just grease with butter!) so they are ready to hit the oven!
Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes or until they look slightly golden... not too golden though. These look best when they keep their pale colour.
Once out the oven leave then to cool before you even think about icing. If they aren't completely cool when you ice the icing will just run off the sides... not a pretty sight!
While you are waiting you can get some of that washing up done and start the icing mix. I actually made 3 different shades of pink icing. I iced half of the biscuits with one shade of pink.. before doing the second half with another. I actually planned to do three shades of pink but 2 bowls of icing ended up looking the exact same!
Make sure you sift the icing sugar as when you don't you get lumpy icing. I've seen it first hand! It's also very easy to over do the water but really try not to! The thicker the icing the neater it will look once set... and should all stay on the top of the biscuit rather than dripping down the sides. That's the aim anyway!
Before the icing has set make sure you add your sprinkles or decoration so they stick down securely!
And there we have it... Hopefully, 24 beautiful looking biscuits ready to be eaten by some hungry birthday guests of Darcey's!