These easy Christmas Star Biscuits have a hint of cinnamon and orange in them for some festive flavours. They are decorated with some orange icing and glittery sprinkles to look like shining stars. So easy for kids to help make and decorate - perfect if you are looking for some Christmas baking ideas and homemade Christmas gifts.
This might just be the easiest Christmas baking recipe we have. A really simple buttery biscuit recipe, that we have added some subtle festive flavour to and then decorated any way you like. Fuss-free, adaptable and so much fun for kids to get involved with.
These make around 40 biscuits, depending on how big your star cutter is, so it's great for a Christmas party or for giving as gifts.
Why you will love it
- Quick and easy to make - This is a really simple Christmas biscuit to make, with ingredients you probably already have in your baking cupboard. They are so easy, that kids can pretty much make them all by themselves, making them the perfect Christmas baking idea for a rainy (or snowy) day.
- Big batch - This makes a really big batch of biscuits, so we usually make them a couple of days before Christmas and then give out as gifts to family. They are good for a school bake sale too. You could always halve the recipe if you need to.
- Adaptable - You can adapt the flavours in these, and even the way you decorate them.
- Festive flavours - It's not a Christmas baking recipe without some cinnamon in, right? We have added a squeeze of clementine juice and zest as well for extra festive flavours.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Butter - We used unsalted butter. Make sure it is cold from the fridge, as it is crumbled in with the flour, rather than beaten in melted.
- Flour - We used self raising flour, as we wanted to give the star biscuits a bit of a rise.
- Cinnamon - This is what adds lots of festive flavour. Feel free to add more if you want a really cinnamon flavour.
- Sugar - We used caster sugar as it makes the biscuits really crispy.
- Egg - Use a medium sized egg at room temperature. Using a large egg will change the recipe.
- Orange - We used the juice and zest. The zest will go in the actual biscuit recipe and the juice goes into the icing.
- Icing sugar - This is what is used to decorate the star biscuits.
- Water - This loosens the icing up, but don't make it too runny as the icing can run off the biscuits.
- Sprinkles - This is where you can go really wild with the Christmas biscuits and use whatever sprinkles you have. Using something with green and red make it look really festive.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Christmas star biscuits - Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
One: Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the cubes of butter (a). Rub between your fingers until a breadcrumb consistency is formed (b).
Two: Add the sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and egg (a). Mix well to combine everything (b).
Three: Use your hands to form into a ball of dough (a). Transfer to a floured surface (b).
Four: Roll the dough out to about 5mm thick (a). Use a star shaped cutter to cut out stars (b).
Five: Place the stars onto a lined baking tray (a). Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges start to darken (b).
Six: Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Seven: Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and add the water and orange juice (a). Mix well to form a thick icing (b).
Eight: Decorate each biscuit with the icing and some sprinkles.
What to serve with Christmas Star Biscuits
These are delicious dipped in a nice hot drink and we have some delicious ideas for you. If you are in the mood for hot chocolate, why not try our Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate, Snowman Hot Chocolate or Baileys Hot Chocolate for something grown up. If you want a coffee, then try our Cinnamon Mocha.
This is a pretty simple biscuits recipe, which is what we love about it, so there are not too many ways that you can adapt it. Cinnamon is main flavour in these Christmas biscuits, but you could use ground ginger or nutmeg too, or even a mixture of the three.
If you want to make a chocolate version of these star biscuits, then swap 50g/0.5cup of the flour for cocoa powder.
If you are not a fan of the cinnamon and orange flavour, then you could swap it for vanilla extract. You could also mix in some dried cranberries or raisins to the Christmas biscuit dough.
If you want to make these star biscuits look really special, then you could spray them with some edible glitter.
Store: These will keep in an air tight container at room temperature for up to a week. You can also store any leftover dough in the fridge. Just wrap it up tightly in cling film and then put it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: You can freeze these, but it's best to freeze them before they have been iced. Put them in a freezer container and they will last up to 3 months.
Defrost: You can defrost them at room temperature and they will only take 30 minutes to an hour.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your biscuits are crumbly and falling apart, then it is likely that there was too much flour in the mixture. Make sure you are measuring all the ingredients, and be careful how much flour is added when rolling.
If you are struggling to roll the dough because it is so sticky, then add a little more flour to the mix.
They should start to go golden around the edge, but still be slightly soft, as they will harden as they cool. Be careful, as these biscuits can burn very quickly. Every oven cooks differently, so keep an eye on these and take them out when they look ready.
• Feel free to use different shaped cookie cutters for these Christmas biscuits. They don't have to be stars, they can be any festive shapes like Santa, snowmen or reindeers.
• You can even use half the dough to make star biscuits and then wrap up the other half the make fresh biscuits for guests over the next couple of days.
• You don't have to ice the biscuits, you could just leave them plain.
• Make sure to cool the Christmas biscuits completely before icing, otherwise the icing will just melt right off them.
• If you want to give these star biscuits as presents, then put them in a nice cellophane bag with some ribbon.
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Christmas Star Biscuits
- 250 g Self-raising flour
- 125 g Butter - cold; cubed
- 125 g Caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 1 Egg - medium; whisked
- 1 teaspoon Orange zest
- 75 g Icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon Orange juice
- 1 teaspoon Water
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
- Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the cubes of butter. Rub between your fingers until a breadcrumb consistency is formed.250 g Self-raising flour, 125 g Butter
- Add the sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and egg. Mix well to combine everything.125 g Caster sugar, 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon, 1 Egg, 1 teaspoon Orange zest
- Use your hands to form into a ball of dough. Transfer to a floured surface.
- Roll the dough out to about 5mm thick. Use a star shaped cutter to cut out stars.
- Place the stars onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges start to darken.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack.
- Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and add the water and orange juice. Mix well to form a thick icing.75 g Icing sugar, 1 tablespoon Orange juice, 1 teaspoon Water
- Decorate each biscuit with the icing and some sprinkles.Sprinkles
- Feel free to use different shaped cookie cutters for these Christmas biscuits. They don't have to be stars, they can be any festive shapes like Santa, snowmen or reindeers.
- You can even use half the dough to make star biscuits and then wrap up the other half the make fresh biscuits for guests over the next couple of days.
- You don't have to ice the biscuits, you could just leave them plain.
- Make sure to cool the Christmas biscuits completely before icing, otherwise the icing will just melt right off them.
- If you want to give these star biscuits as presents, then put them in a nice cellophane bag with some ribbon.