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FATHER'S DAY BISCUITS
FATHER'S DAY BISCUITS

Father's Day Biscuits

These are such an easy, fun and impressive gift to make, whether for Father’s Day, a birthday or a special message for your beloved. Find a pretty tin, line it with paper and fill to the brim with the biscuits. You don’t have to make the two different batches of biscuits but the contrast of the dark chocolate letters next to the pale butter biscuits does look really good together. 

YIELDS

24-72

PREPARATION

25-50 MINS

COOKING

10-25 MINS

INGREDIENTS

Chocolate Biscuits

  • Makes: about 48
  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes

Butter Biscuits

  • Makes:  about 24
  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 12-15 minutes

for the chocolate biscuit dough

  • 185g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 265g Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 200g plain flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • 110g cocoa powder

for the butter biscuit dough

  • 110g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 75g Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 200g plain flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • 1 lemon (finely grated rind)
  • 1½-2 tbsp milk

for the icing

  • 200g (7oz) Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Icing Sugar
  • about 2 tbsp water

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

You will need a set of Letter Pressed cookie cutters, from www.coxandcox.co.uk and www.amazon.co.uk

For the chocolate biscuits

  1. Cream the butter and Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg.
  2. Next, sift in the flour and cocoa powder and knead well to combine. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and roll out to a thickness of 5mm (¼”) thick. Choose your letters and then first stamp out the biscuit then turn the cutter over and firmly press the letter side into the dough. Transfer to baking trays. Repeat until you have your chosen message, spacing the letters apart on the baking trays. Re-roll the dough as necessary.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan160°, 350°F, Gas 4.
  4. Bake on the top and middle shelves of the oven for 10 minutes until slightly darker in colour, swapping the trays over halfway through. Cool briefly then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

For the butter biscuits

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan180°, 400°F, Gas 6.
  2. Lightly grease 2 baking trays. 
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk.
  4. Next, sift in the flour, add the lemon rind and mix well. Add enough milk to make a  fairly soft dough.
  5. Knead the mixture gently on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a thickness of 5mm (¼“).
  6. Choose your letters and then first stamp out the biscuit then turn the cutter over and firmly press the letter side into the dough. Transfer to the baking trays. Repeat until you have your chosen message, spacing the letters apart on the baking trays. Re-roll the dough as necessary.
  7. Bake on the top and middle shelves of the oven for 8-10 minutes, swapping the trays round halfway through, until pale golden. Cool briefly then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

For the icing

  1. Sift the Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar into a mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture which will easily flow. Using a teaspoon, fill the letters with the icing gently teasing it into place. Leave to dry on a wire rack for 2 hours or overnight then transfer to a tin.

CHEF'S TIP

You can make and ice the biscuits and then store them in the freezer in an air tight container for up to a month!