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Halloween spider web biscuits

25 OCTOBER 2013
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Preparation time 10 minutes
Cook time 14 minutes (plus time for icing)
Makes 20 biscuits


Ingredients

Biscuits
100g butter
1 cup of caster sugar
2 happy eggs
2 cups of plain flour
Zest & juice of 1 orange
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mace
1 tsp nutmeg

Icing
250g icing sugar
120g butter
1-2 tbsp milk
Food colouring to suit

Method

Biscuits
Mix the butter and sugar together until they form a creamy paste. Continue mixing and add the flour, happy eggs, zest & juice, flour and spices

Mat’s top tip: If it’s too dry, add a little warm water.

Roll the mixture into 1 inch diameter balls. Place on a greased baking tray, with at least 1 inch space around them. Press the tops gently with a fork to flatten them slightly.

Place in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 12-14 minutes.

The biscuits are ready when they have just started to brown around the edges. Leave to cool on a baking tray.

Icing
Mix the butter and icing sugar together in a bowl, adding the milk as needed to make a smooth paste

Mat’s top tip: It’s much easier if you warm the butter first.

To make the spider’s web pattern on your biscuits, first, spread uncoloured icing over the biscuit. Then, with a piping bag or an icing pen, draw concentric circles with the coloured icing. Quickly, while the icing is still wet, use a toothpick to drag a line from the centre of the circles to the outside edge, every 30° or so. Hey presto - a spider's web!

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