Here’s a great idea for decorating a batch of my vanilla biscuits. These make a lovely gift for someone special, could easily be used as wedding favours or can be sold at fairs.
What you will need:
- A batch of my vanilla biscuits which are completely cold.
- Fondant icing in the colours of your choice.
- Rolling pin.
- Icing sugar for dusting.
- Impression mats or patterned rolling pins if you want to add texture to the fondant.
- Edible shimmer spray if you want to add sparkle to your biscuits.
- Edible glue or a little water.
- Small paint brush.
- Cellophane bags and ribbon of your choice for packaging.
1) Gently knead your fondant until it is pliable. Dust your work surface with some icing sugar then roll out the fondant to about 3-5mm thick. To make sure your rolling pin doesn’t stick, you can dust a little icing sugar on top of the fondant. Make sure you regularly move the fondant so it doesn’t stick to the work top.
2) If you want to add texture to your fondant, now is the time to do this. Place an impression mat over the fondant then roll over the top of this, pressing fairly firmly. Carefully peel off the impression mat. To use a patterned rolling pin, simply roll this over the top of the fondant. You can skip this step and just use the plain fondant.
3) Once you have patterned the fondant, cut out matching shapes using the same cutters as you did for the biscuit dough.
4) Spread a little edible glue or a small amount of water to the surface of each biscuit. Do this one biscuit at a time, covering each one with fondant before adding glue or water to the next biscuit.
5) Place your fondant shape onto the biscuit and gently smooth this round the edges.
6) Leave the fondant to set for a while. Then, if you like, you can spray with edible shimmer. I used Dr Oetker silver shimmer spray which is readily available in supermarkets. Hold the can about 20cms away from the decorated biscuit and spray evenly over the surface.
7) You will now have lovely shimmery biscuits! Allow the shimmer spray to set a bit before packaging.
8) To package the biscuits, place each one into a cellophane bag and tie some ribbon around the bag to close it. Curl the ribbon, tie a bow or leave long trailing ends, whatever you fancy.
These biscuits keep really well so you can make and package them up several days before an event.
The butterfly, bird and ballerina dress cutters I used for this project were from Iced Jems – love all the things in her shop!
Hope you enjoy baking and decorating these biscuits. Please post any photos of your biscuits as I love to see what you’ve been making!