recipe is something that I saw in an old magazine and I modified according to simpleness. After all, there are enough to do during this season, right?
What made this special is that the girls, who are in my private English lesson class at home, joined me in baking them. It was fun and it was another creative time for the kids, too.
Ingredients for Christmas Tree Star Biscuit:
6 large eggs
3 cups butter
3 cups sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon (plus 2 tsp)
2 ½ tsp salt
¾ tsp ground cloves
9 ½ cups all-purpose flour
various garnish or trimming
paper plates or aluminum-covered cartons
With mixer at low speed, beat eggs, butter, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, salt, almond extract, and 5 ½ cups flour. Increase speed to medium, while occasionally scraping the bowl. Mix in the remaining cups of flour, one cup at a time. Divide the dough, wrapping each piece with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or until dough is firm enough to roll.
Meanwhile, make a star pattern, and create them in four or three different sizes (I created three different star patterns). Roll the dough on a lightly floured large cookie sheet. With a floured rolling pin, reroll the dough, place the different star patterns on top and cut the dough. Create small round patterns and add other designs if you want, using the extra dough (I have three small round ones because of my three star patterns.)
Place the cut-out dough in a baking sheet and bake on a pre-heated oven to 200 degrees. Bake between 15-20 minutes, until light-browned on the edges. Let cool.
Afterwards, put the biggest star on a paper plate/aluminum folie-covered carton and starting with the biggest star, add the trimmings. Using the icing or frosting to keep them in place. In the middle of the star, glue one of the round patterns using the icing or frosting. Continue adding and trimming until a small tree is formed. Add additional trimmings.