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Our favourite Christmas biscuit recipes

by Marina Hopkins

published on 27 November 2018

It’s time to start indulging in some festive baking, and this collection of Christmas biscuit recipes will have your kitchen filled with the gorgeous scent of nutmeg and ginger in no time. We’ve put together a selection of our favourite festive biscuits, including beautifully decorated home-baked gifts and fun family baking projects to get stuck into over the school holidays.

white chocolate biscotti

White Chocolate Biscotti

by Jane Dunn

These pretty white chocolate biscotti from Jane’s Patisserie can be finished off with your choice of chopped nuts or freeze dried raspberries. Package them up as an edible gift, or keep them all to yourself.

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Gingerbread Biscuits

Rochelle Humes’ Gingerbread Biscuits

by Rochelle Humes

Rochelle Humes’ take on the classic gingerbread biscuit is a fun, festive, and kid-friendly recipe; perfect for getting the whole family in the Christmas mood.

Nigella Lawson’s Linzer Cookies

Nigella Lawson’s Linzer Cookies

Nigella uses ground toasted hazelnuts to create a rich, tender dough in her take on the Austrian Christmas classic, Linzer cookies.

Nadiya Hussain’s Raspberry Amaretti Biscuits

Nadiya Hussain’s Raspberry Amaretti Biscuits

“Just because they are often found for sale in beautiful tins with crunchy cellophane and fancy bows doesn’t mean they are difficult or tricky to create at home”, says Nadiya of these soft, nutty biscuits. With a hint of raspberry, these amaretti are a fruity twist on the classic Italian version.

Nadiya Hussain’s Ginger and Almond Florentines

Nadiya Hussain’s Ginger and Almond Florentines

These delicate biscuits are laced with crystallised ginger, sliced almonds and orange zest. Dipped into chocolate, they make for charming festive gifts. 

Piparkakut

Piparkakut

by Justin Gellatly, Louise Gellatly, Matthew Jones

These piparkakut, a classic Finnish Christmas treat from Baking School: The Bread Ahead Cookbook, are packed with warm Christmas spices.

Christmas Biscuit Wreath

Christmas Biscuit Wreath

by Biscuiteers

Dust off your piping bags and set aside an afternoon to make this Christmas wreath, a biscuit extravaganza from Biscuiteers Book of Iced Gifts

Christmas Honey Biscuits: Melomakarona

Christmas Honey Biscuits: Melomakarona

by Georgina Hayden
from Taverna

Also known as Melomakarona, these Cypriot-inspired biscuits are fragrant with spices and drenched in a sticky syrup. As Georgina says, “they have been an incredibly popular addition to our kitchen”.

Stained Glass Tree Biscuits

Stained Glass Tree Biscuits

by Lizzie Kamenetzky

A cute addition to any Christmas tree, these stained glass biscuits from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas are easy to make and a fun activity for the kids to get involved in.

Candy Cane Biscuits

Candy Cane Biscuits

by Emma Marsden

Nothing says Christmas quite like classic striped candy canes, and these candy canes in biscuit form are no different. Perfect as a decorative treat to fill the biscuit jar, or give them to friends and family as an edible gift.

Bread Ahead’s Amaretti Biscuits

Bread Ahead’s Amaretti Biscuits

by Matthew Jones, Justin Gellatly, Louise Gellatly

These classic amaretti biscuits from Baking School: The Bread Ahead Cookbook are an irresistible Italian treat, and with a snowy dusting of icing sugar they really look the part at Christmas time.

Cranberry, Oat and White Chocolate Biscuits

Cranberry, Oat and White Chocolate Biscuits

by Helen Goh, Yotam Ottolenghi
from Sweet

For an elegant home-baked gift, Ottolenghi’s cranberry, oat and white chocolate biscuits will do the trick, with notes of cranberry for a festive flavour.

Gingerbread Nativity

Gingerbread Nativity

by Lizzie Kamenetzky

A true Christmas showstopper, this gingerbread nativity from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas is a fantastic activity to bring the family together.

Spiced Biscotti with an Orange Syllabub Dip

Spiced Biscotti with an Orange Syllabub Dip

Nadiya adds a clever festive twist to an Italian classic with her spiced biscotti from Nadiya’s Kitchen. Served with an orange syllabub dip, they make a moreish tea-time or after dinner treat.

Florentines

Florentines

by Lizzie Kamenetzky

Essential to any Christmas biscuit selection, these florentines from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas are full of festive flavours and make a luxurious homemade gift when packaged in a cellophane bag and tied up with a colourful ribbon.

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