8 March


If your budget (or your available kitchen space) allows for just one Christmas biscuit cutter, make it star because this is what you can do with it:

  • turn any flavour biscuit at all into Christmas biscuits[1]
  • put stars of pastry onto mince tarts[2]
  • cut stars out of circle biscuits[3] and fill with crushed lollies to make church window biscuits (of which more later)

So that’s three classic but visually different looks to use on a Christmas plate or in a hamper from just one cutter and you can also make gingerbread stars to hang on your tree and use the cutter as a template for making gift tags and Christmas cards. A star cutter is definitely worth its weight in stainless steel.


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Starry, starry biscuit-fest.

My colleague Murray brought in a single slice of hazelnut torte for me today: he’d cooked it at home, it had worked well and he’d had to be stern with his family to save me a piece.

[1] I’ve done cheese stars before. (They’re not traditional like gingerbread stars but they look just as festive and are not quite as bad for diabetics.)

[2] Or onto any tarts. My Auntie Margie used to make jam tarts with stars at Christmas time because her daughter had a vehement antipathy to sultanas caused by her brother with a misguided prank. (It involved sheep pooh and I will say no more.)

[3] Which you can make with a glass if you don’t have a circle cutter. (If you don’t have a glass, cooking Christmas biscuits may not be your highest priority.)

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