Nigella’s Cut-Out Cookies

This is an autumnal-themed bake today. I had a craving for some simple iced biscuits for a few days so decided to whip up these cookies. I went on a hunt for a fun Halloween or autumn cookie cutter and found . I have used Nigella Lawson’s recipe for iced biscuits before and it is foolproof so it seemed silly not to use it again. It is from her book Feast which is one of the most delicious recipe books I have ever seen. The book is split into different occasions, holidays and events and all the recipes are the perfect amount of indulgent.

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As you can see I am not the best at icing…

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Orange icing

Cut-Out Cookies

  • 90g soft unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the icing

  • 150g icing sugar, sieved
  • food colouring (I went with orange, red and yellow as they are autumnal colours)

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and moving towards mousse-like, then beat in the egg and vanilla. In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and eggs, mix gently. Form into a ball, press down into a fat disc, wrap in clingfilm and rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Sprinkle a work surface with flour, place the disc of dough on it and sprinkle with a little more flour. Then roll it out to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Cut into shapes, dipping the cutter into flour as you go, place the biscuits a little apart on two lined baking sheets.

Bake for 8-12 minutes. When they’re ready, expect them to be tinged a pronounced gold around the edges. When they are all fully cooled they can be iced. Put a couple of tbsp of nearly boiling water into a large bowl, add the sieved icing sugar and mix together, adding more water as you need to form a thick paste. Colour as desired.

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One thought on “Nigella’s Cut-Out Cookies

  1. Icing looks pretty good to me, A bit like not being able to see the detail of antiques on the television. I’m sure they tasted good!
    Jane

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