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Chilli Shortbread Biscuits for Christmas – Perfect for Hanging on the Tree

Christmas Chilli Shortbread Biscuits

Biscuits, Gifts, We Should Cocoa | 22nd November 2013 | By

A number of factors combined recently leading to the creation of these hot! hot! hot! chilli shortbread biscuits. I can only describe these as a chilli lovers delight. Hang them on the tree or pack them up into a pretty box, tin or bag as a gift for those that like a bit of spice in their life. Either way, they’re bound to make a Christmas talking point. 

White Chocolate Shortbread

First off, this month’s We Should Cocoa theme is “cookies”. I’d already bookmarked a recipe in Miranda Gore Browne’s book Biscuit for ‘passionate chocolate hearts’, which is basically white chocolate shortbread with a passionfruit filling. I decided to omit that filling as I wanted to create one using our last remaining persimmon.

In the end, however, I realised I had some leftover orange & white chocolate buttercream from my mother in law’s birthday cake. It was sitting in the fridge and in need of using up.

Chilli Shortbread Biscuits

Cookie Cutters

Secondly, I’d recently been sent some Christmas cutters to try out, courtesy of Eddingtons, a supplier of all things kitchen. The cutters were all stainless steel and consisted of one set of three snowflake cutters and a set of three angel cutters in various sizes. The Angel cutters came as a kit with red ribbon and a pin to make the all important holes for threading the ribbon.

Chilli Shortbread Biscuits

White Chilli Chocolate

Lastly, the jewel in the crown: half a bar of Dartmoor Dragon. This is a powerful white chocolate bar containing Naga chilli from the Dartmoor Chilli Farm. Too hot to eat on its own, at least for CT and I, it makes an excellent addition to baked goods; I found this out when I used it in the pastry for the persimmon tarts I made a couple of weeks ago. It packs a powerful punch, even when diluted by flour, butter and sugar.

Chilli Shortbread Biscuits

Chilli Shortbread Biscuits sandwiched with Orange Buttercream

As I think I may have mentioned, there was no mistaking the kick in these chilli shortbread biscuits. Luckily, they’re also truly delicious. Shortbread is probably our favourite type of biscuit and these didn’t disappoint. They were crisp on the outside and slightly chewy in the middle with a nice rich buttery flavour. The angels sandwiched with buttercream, were slightly less hot and had the additional orange flavour for the full Christmas effect.

I’ve never made hanging biscuits before so I surprised myself with how effective they looked. Will they last until Christmas? No comment.

For more shortbread flavour ideas, I have four on this white chocolate shortbread biscuits post.

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Chilli Shortbread Biscuits – The Recipe

Christmas Chilli Shortbread Biscuits
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Chilli Shortbread Biscuits

These biscuits are a sort of three in one or mix and match recipe. You can either make hanging decorations, cookies as gifts or biscuits sandwiched with orange buttercream. Or you can make all three. Perfect for Christmas, or just make different shapes for any other time of the year.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time45 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Gift, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: biscuits, chillies, Christmas, cookies, shortbread, white chocolate
Servings: 30 shortbread biscuits


  • 50 g white hot chilli chocolate
  • 170 g unsalted butter - cubed
  • 85 g golden caster sugar - plus a little extra for dusting
  • 175 g flour (half plain, half wholemeal)
  • 80 g brown rice flour
  • pinch of rock salt
  • orange buttercream (optional)


  • Soften the chocolate by putting it in the mixing bowl and placing it on a heater for ten minutes or over a pan of hot water.
  • Add the butter cubed and leave for a couple of minutes to soften, but not melt.
  • Cream the butter and chocolate with the sugar until pale in colour and fluffy in texture.
  • Add the dry ingredients.
  • Stir until everything is incorporated, then form into a ball with your hands and leave in a cold place to firm up for half an hour.
  • Roll out on a floured board to about 3mm thickness.
  • Stamp out shapes using whatever cutters grab your fancy. I made 12 largish snowflakes and 18 slightly smaller angels.
  • Leave to firm up in a cold place for 15 minutes, then pop into a pre-heated oven (180°C) and bake for 10 minutes.
  • For hanging decorations, make a whole in the top of each snowflake whilst they are still hot, by pushing in a narrow skewer or similar metal implement.
  • Dust all of the snowflakes with sugar and half of the angels, (if making) then transfer to a wire rack to cool and harden.
  • Sandwich the angels with orange buttercream, using the plain ones as a bottom and the sugared ones as a top.


If you can’t get hold of white chilli chocolate, just add ½ tsp hot chilli powder such as cayenne to the flour.


We Should Cocoa is being hosted this month by Rebecca of BakeNQuilt who has chosen cookies (or biscuits). So if you haven’t done so already, you still have three days left to get your entries in for any type of biscuit that includes some sort of chocolate.

These chilli shortbreads also fit very nicely with the festive theme of this month’s The Biscuit Barrel with Laura of I’d Much Rather Bake Than …, so a few of those are winging their way in that direction.

As the base recipe I used for this was bookmarked from Miranda Gore Brown’s book Biscuit, I am submitting this to Bookmarked Recipes with Jac of Tinned Tomatoes.

Using local produce where possible is something I have always tried to do. I usually manage to include local eggs, flour or milk in my bakes. This time in addition to Cotehele flour, I have used some chocolate bought from the Dartmoor Chilli Farm at a farmer’s market in Plymouth. So, I’m entering  these biscuits into Shop Local over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

Brit Mums are doing a round-up of all things Christmassy for December, so I am sending these Christmas Snowflakes off to that too.

Thanks to Eddingtons for sending me the cookie cutters. Their products are widely available online and in cook shops and department stores. Thank you for your support of the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.


  1. Dan

    22nd November 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I like the snowflake cutter set. It’s great for making Christmas biscuits.

    • Choclette

      23rd November 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Dan, they are useful indeed and pretty too.

  2. Elizabeth

    22nd November 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I am a massive fan of chilli and these hot cookies sound fantastic! Thank you for sharing with #ShopLocal 🙂

    • Choclette

      23rd November 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. These were definitely on the hot side, so a good way of making decorative biscuits which the kids will leave well alone 😉

  3. Angie Schneider

    22nd November 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Those snowflake biscuits are just beautiful and festive!

    • Choclette

      23rd November 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you Angie – they got me into the party spirit nicely.

  4. Foodycat

    22nd November 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Well, this looks like a very good use for my snowflake cutters!

  5. Rebecca -

    22nd November 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Beautiful cookies. I’d like to be around when some unsuspecting soul tries to pinch an ornament off your tree and is surprised by the heat!

    • Choclette

      23rd November 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Yes Rebecca, I may have a cruel streak lurking in there somewhere 😉

  6. Laura Denman

    22nd November 2013 at 6:36 pm

    These look beautiful. I’ve never made hanging biscuits either but this year I’m trying to persuade my mum to give all sorts of things a go for Christmas so we will wait and see! I’m ever so glad you shared them with the Biscuit Barrel challenge!

    • Choclette

      23rd November 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Laura. Do give them a go, they look rather splendid. I’m going to try and make some more nearer the time for my mother’s tree.

  7. belleau kitchen

    22nd November 2013 at 6:53 pm

    LOVE the frosting of sugar on these and the added chilli, very naughty… but I particularly love the angel sandwiches (and the orange cream!)

    • Choclette

      23rd November 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you lovely Dom. I must say I am very pleased with these. Both snowflakes and angels are delicious and I’m pleased to say my biscuit tin still feels heavy.

  8. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    24th November 2013 at 6:30 pm

    You could not have chosen a biscuit more suited to my tastes than these. I love good white chocolate and know the south Devon chilli farm well so this is certainly a recipe I will be baking over Christmas and I will make your chocolate mincemeat, taking it to one of my classes to see what the students think!

    • Choclette

      26th November 2013 at 9:03 pm

      I think we probably have quite similar tastes Laura. It will be interesting to see what your students think of the mincemeat – I’m certainly a convert 😉

  9. Nazneen Hamilton

    24th November 2013 at 9:38 pm

    What pretty snowflake cutters! So adorable. Love the flavouring of these biscuits too, chocolate chilli, yum!

    • Choclette

      26th November 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you Nazneen, I suspect these cutters are going to be used rather next month 🙂

  10. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    25th November 2013 at 3:52 am

    I love those snowflake cutters, can think of so many treats to bake but first I want to start out with these biscuits! Yum!

    • Choclette

      26th November 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks Pamela. If you do make these, would love to hear how you got on.

  11. Jacqueline Meldrum

    28th November 2013 at 5:50 pm

    They are so pretty Choclette, who could resist?

    Thanks for entering them into Bookmarked recipes, the roundup is now up.

  12. prwilson

    28th December 2013 at 12:59 am

    Christmas and Shortbread go together so well.

  13. Rhizowen

    17th December 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Short and sweet, just how I like my biscuits. Hot stuff.

    • Choclette

      19th December 2018 at 8:22 am

      Hot stuff for sure and perfect Christmas tree decorations to boot 🙂


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