Candy skull iced biscuits

Candy skull iced biscuits

Sweet & scary snacks for your Halloween party with a spicy ginger biscuit.

By , 21 September 2015
Candy skull iced biscuits
  • Ready in: 150 mins
  • Serves: 12
  • Price: 38p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 84g serving contains
  • Fat 7.6
    11%
  • Sat Fat 4.5
    23%
  • Sugar 52.1
    58%
  • Salt 0.17
    3%
  • Cals 341
    17%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1700kJ/406kcal.
Ingredients
  • 100g softened butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ball stem ginger, finely grated
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • Food colouring in black, plus your choice of assorted bright colours
  • 50g white fondant, to decorate
Method
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Pre-heat oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and beat well.

  • Sift the flour and spices over the mixture. Add the ginger and mix to a soft dough. If the dough is dry, mix in 1-2 tsp of syrup from the ginger jar. Wrap in foil and chill for 15 minutes.

  • Draw a skull shape about 15cm long on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.

  • Roll out the dough to 5mm thick. Using the skull template and a sharp knife, cut out 12 skull shapes. Lift onto the baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes, or until pale golden. Leave to cool, then transfer to a wire rack.

  • Beat the egg white until frothy. Add the icing sugar. Beat for 4-5 minutes until thick.

  • Colour 4 tbsp of this royal icing black. Spoon into a piping bag with a small plain nozzle. Trace an outline inside each biscuit,then outline the mouth and the eyes. Leave to dry.

  • Colour small quantities of the royal icing different colours, then thin down with drops of water to a pourable consistency. Use to cover the biscuits inside the outer line, except the mouth and eye areas, then fill these in with black icing.

  • Leave to dry. Decorate with flowers and balls made from fondant, and pipe coloured icing in swirls.