Festive biscuit recipe that won’t let you down. These delicious cinnamon Christmas star biscuits keep for a few days without going soft and you can decorate them to your hearts content. You can even hang them on the tree. They make great gifts too.
To get us all in the festive spirit, assuming we need encouragement of course, I chose cinnamon for this month’s We Should Cocoa. I had a few ideas for this, but in the end I went for these spicy stars flavoured with honey.
This is a family recipe from Ren Behan which I’ve adapted over the years. It combines some wonderful ingredients which produce absolutely fabulicious biscuits, or pierniczki as they’re called in Poland. They are really quite different from the normal festive gingerbread type of fare as the recipe contains rye flour, honey and most importantly cocoa.
Rye flour gives a lovely texture to baked good. I rarely use it on its own, but added to other flours it makes lovely cakes, biscuits and of course, bread.
Liskeard Vintage Christmas Market
One of the sub groups of the Liskeard Portas Pilot (of which I was a member) organised a Vintage Christmas Market one year. It was a great success. Lots of people milled about dressed in vintage clothing, there were fabulous stalls, toe tapping live music, a cafe and a great turn out.
I had the pleasure of acting as stall-holder for The Gingham Chicken, a fine producer of delicious Liskeard Cornish fudge. It seemed like a good opportunity to make and sell a few festive treats myself. These cinnamon Christmas star biscuits were one of them.
Cinnamon Christmas Star Biscuits
As Christmas cookies go, these cinnamon and honey Christmas stars are pretty easy to make. You don’t even need to cream the butter and sugar together. Just melt the butter and combine it with all the other ingredients.
Once you’ve done that, the fun part begins. Roll and stamp out stars, bells, angels, hearts or whatever other shape grabs your fancy.
These Christmas biscuits Look pretty, have a perfect firm texture and taste of cinnamon and honey. They have a good crunchy biscuity texture and the warm and spicy notes are enhanced with a teeny bit of cayenne pepper.
What else could you ask for? Well there is an added bonus: the scent of of sweet spicy cinnamon lasts for days. Who needs air freshener?
I often make these as festive edible gifts or to go in my Christmas hampers. For the Christmas market, I made up eight packs of ten biscuits then tied them with a ribbon and a name tag. They all sold.
Edible Christmas Decorations
If you’d like to use these cinnamon Christmas star cookies as Christmas decorations, just poke a whole through one of the arms with a skewer before baking. You might need to redo the hole once they come out of the oven. They’re still quite pliable when they’re warm.
Once you have a hole and the biscuits are cool, thread some pretty ribbon through the holes and hang your stars on the tree.
You can, of course, ice the biscuits, dip them in chocolate or decorate in any number of ways. But I think they are pretty much perfect just as they are.
Other Christmas Cookie Recipes You Might Like
- Butter biscuits (matcha, chocolate & vanilla mix and match)
- Chilli shortbread biscuits
- Chocolate hazelnut crackles
- Orange & cinnamon white chocolate shortbread
- Pistachio chocolate biscotti
- Wholemeal clotted cream shortbread
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Cinnamon Christmas Star Biscuits – The Recipe
Cinnamon & Honey Christmas Stars
- 110 g unsalted butter
- 110 g soft brown sugar
- 8 tbsp runny honey
- 225 g rye flour
- 225 g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 4 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1 large egg
- Melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat with the sugar and honey.
- Stir until combined, then leave to cool a little.
- Sieve the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the butter mixture, followed by the egg.
- Stir the mixture together, starting from the middle and working out, until everything is just combined.
- Bring the dough together with your hands to form a ball.
- Cut this in two then roll out (one at a time) to the thickness of about ¼ cm.
- Stamp out about 80 stars, or your shapes of choice (this will depend on the size of your cookie cutters). You'll need to re-roll the leftover bits several times.
- Place the stars on lined baking trays about a centimetre apart and bake for 8-10 minutes at 180℃ (160℃ fan, 350℉, Gas 4). They should look baked but not brown.
- Leave on the trays to cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
- Decorate as desired
These cinnamon and honey Christmas stars are my entry for this month’s We Should Cocoa.
As my alternative name for these festive biscuits is spicy stars, I’m also submitting them to Alpha Bakes where the letter is S this month. The challenge is hosted by The More Than Occasional Baker this week.
These Christmas cookies are, of course, made from scratch. So I’m also sending them to Javelin Warrior for his weekly Made with love Mondays.