Snowflake cutters are usually widely available at this time of year – you can buy them online at lakeland.co.uk and nisbets.co.uk.
MAKES about 25-30 mins PREP 25 mins plus cooling and drying COOK 20 mins (2 batches) EASY
200g unsalted butter, softened 200g golden caster sugar 1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 400g plain flour, plus extra 500g pack ready-to-roll fondant icing
honey, for sticking
100g royal icing sugar silver balls and white sprinkles, to decorate you will need snowflake cookie cutter
1 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Put the butter in a bowl and beat it with electric beaters until soft and creamy. Beat in the sugar, then the egg and vanilla, and finally the flour to make a dough. If the dough feels sticky, add a little flour and knead it in. Chill for 20 mins in the fridge. 2 Roll the dough to about the thickness of a £1 coin on a lightly floured surface. Cut out snowflake shapes using a biscuit cutter, then re-roll the off-cuts and repeat.
3 Bake for 8-10 mins or until the edges are just beginning to brown. Leave to cool for 5 mins before trying to move them. Cool completely. 4 Roll out the fondant icing to the thickness of a 50p piece. Use the same cutter to stamp out the icing. If you have smaller cutter you can stamp out holes in the middles of some of them. Brush each biscuit with a tiny amount of honey and press an icing snowflake on top.
5 Mix the icing sugar with enough water to make a pipeable icing, and spoon it into a piping bag fitted with a straight piping nozzle. Pipe patterns onto the snowflakes and add silver balls and sprinkles as you decorate. Leave to dry completely.
PER SERVING (30) 206 kcals • fat 6g • saturates 4g • carbs 36g • sugars 26g • fibre 1g • protein 2g • salt 0.1g