gingerbread men decorated with royal icing
5 from 2 votes

Iced Christmas Biscuits

Iced Christmas Biscuits are easy and fun for the whole family to do together! Furthermore, they are perfect to make on the run-up to Christmas for the kids to pass on as gift to relatives.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time10 mins
Icing time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Biscuits
Cuisine: British
Keyword: christmas biscuits, Christmas cookies, iced xmas cookies, xmas biscuits
Yield: 35 biscuits
Calories: 147kcal


Christmas Biscuit

  • 200 g butter take out of the fridge at least 1 hr before use
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 400 g flour you may need little more to get to playdough consistency

Royal Icing

  • 350 g Icing sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles/sparkles/ balls/ little fudge bits for decorating


Christmas Biscuits

  • Preheat oven to 175°C
  • Place room temperature butter and sugar in a bowl and use electric whisk for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract, mix in.
  • Add the baking powder & ½ the flour, use a spoon to mix in.
  • Add the remaining ½ of the flour, it will get stiffer to stir. Check consistency, it should be like playdoh. Add more flour until its right, if it gets too stiff add a bit of water.
  • Tip! Separate mix into 3 balls. Each ball will be enough to fill one baking tray of biscuits. Put each tray in the oven whilst you cut out the next ones, conveyer belt biscuits!!
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper down roll the biscuit dough out on it and use cutters to cut into desired shapes. Reroll what is left and continue until no dough left.
  • Lift parchment paper on to the baking tray and bake for about 7 minutes. Keep an eye on them remove from oven before they change colour! They will still be soft when you remove them, once they cool they firm up!

Royal Icing

  • Mix sugar, cream of tartar, vanilla extract and egg whites together in a bowl
  • Use a whisk on low setting until icing is smooth. You want it to be a thick consistency to pipe without running off the biscuit, add more icing if needed?
  • Put icing into separate bowls for each colour and we used 4 colours. Plain white, red, green and black.
  • Use gel food colouring to colour each bowl of icing then transfer some of each into a disposable icing bag. Chop a tiny bit of the end to pipe out of.
  • Any remaining icing in bowls we added a bit of water, to make it runnier to fill inside the piping.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg