The end of 2014 is fast approaching and I needed ideas for end of year gifts for my boy’s teachers at their Day Care. I figured the easiest way to have a gift for all 7 teachers / staff members, was to bake biscuits. I was so happy with the results, and of course, they were too!
I made a double batch (measurements below are for a single batch, remember to double it if you want to make more) and it was enough to fill 7 boxes, as well as keep a few for us at home.
Making biscuits is so easy, and the packaging is even easier, I’m sure you don’t need instructions but I’ll share anyway for those that need the ‘inspiration’!
What you will need for the packaging:
Tissue paper to line the box (I used 1 sheet for 7 boxes)
Ribbon (I bought 5 meters for 7 boxes)
125g butter (softened)
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups flour (I used cake flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon milk
Beat the butter, castor sugar and vanilla essence until combined.
Add the egg and mix well.
Sift in the Flour and baking powder, mix well.
FUN PART: Get stuck in and use your hands to make a nice smooth dough! (get the kids to wash their hands and help with this part! )
TIP: Remember to sift all dry ingredients.
Prepare the counter with some flour, and Roll out the dough until its just about under 1cm high (this is depending how much you want to get out of the batch of course) .
Using cookie cutters of your choice (I used small star cutters), cut out the stars and place on a greased baking tray.
Decorate as desired (I kept it simple and used edible white pearls, but you can pretty much use anything! you can even make peanut butter biscuits, add coconut or add some cocoa to make a marble effect, or decorate with royal icing – the options are endless!)
Put in the oven at 180 degrees for about 15/20 minutes or until it turns a nice light golden colour.
Take out the oven and let it cool down completely before putting into the boxes.
A double batch makes about 2 1/2 trays of star biscuits (just under 100 biscuits)