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Mad Hatter cookies

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Whether it is to celebrate a very unmerry birthday or treat your friends to Mad Hatter afternoon tea party, these quirky Mad Hatter cookies are real showstoppers. This is also a great recipe to try out a new decorating technique hand painting cookies and with our simple how to video demonstrating how, you will be creating these biscuits in no time.

 

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:6
  • Skill level:medium

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Ingredients

For the biscuit

  • 90g 3¼ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 100g 3½ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey)
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson)
  • ½tsp .5tsp Baking powder
  • ½tsp .5tsp Salt

For the decorating

  • 500g 17⅝ oz White sugar paste icing White sugar paste icing
  • Edible paint green, black, yellow, red
  • 5tbsp 5tbsp Apricot jam

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, before adding the egg and vanilla extract.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 90g 3¼ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 100g 3½ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey)
  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat together until the mix forms a dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge to chill for approximately an hour.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200g 7⅛ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson)
    • ½tsp .5tsp Baking powder
    • ½tsp .5tsp Salt
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan, gas mark 3) and prepare two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Remove the biscuit dough from the fridge and roll out to a thickness of 0.5-1cm, then cut out your Mad Hatter shapes using a cookie cutter or alternatively cut out a cardboard template, place on top of the dough and slice around the outside with a small sharp knife.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Carefully lift the biscuits onto the baking trays and bake in the oven for 8-12 minutes or until the biscuits are baked throughout and golden.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Once baked, leave to cool on a wire cooling rack, whilst you prepare the sugar paste icing.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Roll out the sugar paste icing to 0.5cm thickness and cut to the same shape as your biscuits. Once the biscuits are cooled, gently brush them with apricot jam and secure the sugar paste on top. If possible, wait 24 hours before painting your biscuits to dry out the sugar paste icing as this gives a better finish.

    Ingredients for this step

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    When you are ready to paint, pour out small amount of each colour and using a clean paintbrush, blend together the paints to reach the desired colours. Follow our simple how to video for tips on how to paint this biscuit design.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Edible paint green, black, yellow, red
  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Leave the biscuits to dry before serving to avoid smudging your paintwork.