About this recipe:Dainty little biscuits that can be easily used with cookie cutters to create a variety of shapes and sizes. Decorate with soft icing to suit the occasion. These make a beautiful personalized place setting by piping the persons name on to an iced biscuit.
Sift the flour and baking powder together; set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the margarine and caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the sieved flour and baking powder and continue mixing until thoroughly combined and the mixture can be brought together to form a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for about 30 minutes.
Line some baking sheets with non stick paper. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough till it is slightly thicker than a pound coin. Using cookie cutters, stamp out the desired shapes and arrange on the lined baking trays. Bake for 15 minutes or until pale golden in colour.
When the biscuits are cold, make sure the icing is of a fairly soft consistency by adding a little water to thin it out. If you need different colours, separate the icing into batches at this stage and use food colouring gels to achieve desired colours. It has to be thick enough to pipe but soft enough to level out, line free, when the biscuit is tapped on a work surface. Start by piping a line of icing around the outside edge of the biscuit to give a tidier finish. Inside the line can then be flooded with icing using a piping bag fitted with a fine nozzle. Pipe words on top of the icing or decorate with iced flowers.
To give away as gifts; place set biscuits into a cellophane bag and tie with a colourful curling ribbon.