Christmas biscuits

Iced Christmas biscuits tied onto a tree with ribbon

Make our beautiful spiced Christmas biscuits, then check out our mince pies, panettone, Christmas brownies and more Christmas baking ideas. Get creative and make your own royal icing to decorate these biscuits.


  • 5910
  • Total time 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Note plus chilling
  • Difficulty Easy


  • light muscovado sugar 225g
  • golden syrup 175g
  • cinnamon 2 tsp
  • ground ginger 2 tsp
  • ground allspice 1/2 tsp
  • eggs 2
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • plain flour 650g, plus extra for dusting
  • butter 200g, chilled and roughly grated
  • royal icing sugar 100g


  • Step 1

    Mix the sugar, syrup, spices and eggs in a jug. Tip the baking powder and flour into a bowl and add the butter, stir it through the flour and then rub it in thoroughly until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the contents of the jug and a pinch of salt and stir the mixture to combine it. Use your hands to bring the dough together and then knead it until it’s smooth. Divide the dough into 4 and press each into a disc. Put in plastic bags and chill for at least an hour.

    Step 2

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roll the dough out in batches on a lightly floured worksurface to the thickness of a pound coin and cut out shapes. Use the narrow end of a piping nozzle to make a hole at the top of the shapes big enough to thread ribbon or string through. Lift them with a palette knife onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

    Step 3

    Bake in batches for 10-15 mins, depending on size. Leave for 5 minutes before moving off the tray to cool fully on a wire rack. Keep rolling, cutting and baking until they’re all done.

    Step 4

    Make up a batch of icing following the instructions on the packet – you’re looking for a texture similar to toothpaste – then put into a piping bag fitted with a small nozzle. Decorate the biscuits, following our designs or use your own. Leave to cool and harden.

Enjoy baking more of our Christmas biscuits:

Gingerbread men

These gingerbread biscuits are bursting with fragrant cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg – decorate with a simple white icing or get creative with melted chocolate and sweets

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Christmas cookies

Use cranberries, pistachios and other festive ingredients to make these impressive cookies from Edd Kimber. You can even turn them into cookie sandwiches with a decadent pistachio buttercream!

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Honey-sweetened German treats spiced with cinnamon and ginger, lebkuchen are famously festive biscuits. Bake a batch this winter to really get into the Christmas market spirit

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Nutritional data

  • kcals 195
  • fat 6.1g
  • saturates 3.7g
  • carbs 31.7g
  • sugars 14.9g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 2.7g
  • salt 0.2g

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