Christmas Stars

I have been doing a few Christmas markets recently. Yes, standing outside in the freezing cold listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas hits on repeat. It’s been fun, despite freezing limbs. Kids over excited about seeing Father Christmas, pretty twinkling lights and lots of lovely, friendly marketeers. My biggest seller has been my little bags of Christmas Stars. They are a Scandinavian biscuit called a ‘Pepperkaker’. A crunch of sugar, sweet spices and buttery golden syrup. They hold their shape well, can be iced or hung on the tree. I have bagged them in three different star shapes and they look so pretty…would make a great gift as they last well too.

You’ll need about two days to make them. One for making a batch of dough (about half an hour) which will happily sit in the fridge for weeks. Another day for rolling, shaping and decorating. This is where I involved my kids as they loved pressing out the shapes. Here’s the recipe….and a very Happy Christmas.

Christmas Stars

Makes 30–50, depending on your cookie cutters 150ml golden syrup 250ml soft brown sugar 2 tsp ground ginger 2 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves 175g butter, softened 150ml double cream ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 750g plain flour, plus more for dusting

1 Beat the syrup, brown sugar, spices and butter in a big bowl until soft and smooth. Add the cream and beat again. Sift together the bicarbonate of soda and flour, then mix it into the butter mixture. Flour a work surface and knead the dough well, then wrap in clingfilm and leave in the refrigerator overnight. At this stage, you can leave it in there for weeks.

2 The next day, or when ready to bake, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Roll out the dough really thinly on a floured work surface and cut out with whichever cookie cutters you fancy. You can put a hole in each cookie by using a skewer, if you wish to hang them. Place on baking trays lined with baking parchment. Bake for about eight minutes, then leave to cool on the baking parchment on a wire rack.

  1. Ice as your heart desires.

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