One to make with the children – or just for big kids at Christmas! These pretty spiral cookies have all the colours and flavours of the season and make perfect gifts; either baked and wrapped or as a chilled roll ready to bake at home. They cook from frozen in 15-20 minutes so are perfect to keep in the freezer for unexpected Christmas visitors.

 

Prep time – 30 minutes

Chill time – 90 minutes

Bake time – 12-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 300g plain flour
  • 200g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • Red and green food colourings
  • Extra icing sugar and sprinkles to roll – optional

Method:

  • Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the flour, egg, sugar, vanilla and spices and mix to form a dough (very sticky at this stage!)
  • Split the dough into three and colour one-third red and one-third green. Chill for about an hour
  • Roll out all three doughs into rectangles approximately 20 x 15cm, trim the edges (flour lightly if too sticky)
  • Place the red dough on top of the green and roll to form a tight spiral
  • Wrap the plain dough around this cylinder and chill for 30 minutes
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180oC fan
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  • Cut dough slices approx. 5mm thick and spread out on the baking tray
  • Bake for 12 minutes, until golden around the edges, cool on a rack
  • Make a thin icing by combining 2 tbsp icing sugar with a little water and roll the edges of the biscuits in this before rolling them again in the sprinkles.
  • Best served on a tray with a carrot and glass of milk on Christmas eve!