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Iced pumpkin biscuits

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For the biscuits

  • 125g softened butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 110g plain flour, sifted
  • 110g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 RSPCA Assured egg, lightly beaten
  • splash of milk

For the icing

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1 RSPCA Assured egg white
  • orange food colouring
  • lemon juice
  • chocolate icing pen
  • green icing pen


  • Preparation time: 75 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 20 biscuits


For the biscuits

  • Beat the butter and sugar together until you have a smooth, creamy mix.
  • Add the egg and mix.
  • Add the sifted flour and salt and mix – if the dough is too stiff add a splash of milk.
  • Knead the mixture lightly and form a smooth dough ball.
  • Wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for half an hour – or longer if you have time.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board.
  • Use a pumpkin-shaped cutter to cut out shapes.
  • Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

For the icing

  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Lightly beat the egg white and add to the bowl.
  • Beat with an electric whisk until well mixed.
  • Add orange food colouring, a little at a time, beating between each addition until you get the colour right.
  • Add lemon juice a little at a time to loosen the mixture and get it to a gelatinous pouring consistency.
  • Remember, you can always add more lemon juice to loosen, but you can’t remove it!
  • Place the cooled biscuits on a rack over a tin to catch the icing drippings.
  • Carefully pour the icing over each biscuit letting the excess flood over the side into the tin.
  • Gather up any excess icing and use to ice more biscuits.
  • Leave the icing to harden – at least three to four hours.
  • Make pumpkin faces with the chocolate icing pen and use the green icing pen to colour in the pumpkin stems.

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