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Advent DIY Day 1:Christmas Spice Biscuits by Fraise and Basilic

Dec 1, 2013

by Emily Dean handmade and vintage goods

Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.

Behind Fraise & Basilic is a girl who works as a graphic designer by day and as a blogger by night, who likes cooking, nice things, and thinking everything is possible. Fraise & Basilic is maintained by Sandrine, a 28-year-old mother of two from Lyon, who hates inactivity. With 1000 ideas by the second and about as many ongoing projects, her main wish would be having  48h-days to be able to bring everything to life.

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In which ways do you consider Etsy as an “infinite source of one-of-a-kind presents”? Etsy is a worldwide designer website, which makes it impossible to miss the perfect, original present!

Do you have a favourite handmade present? What is it? I quite like food-related presents… Citrus-scented salts, vanilla-flavoured olive oil, fruit and nuts macaroons… Possibilities are endless. A small homemade tag, a nice ribbon, and this should hit the right spot!

Do you have a specific ritual for Christmas, that you repeat every year? On Christmas morning, I always open my presents at my parents’, with my brothers and sister, and now with my kids and my husband. Even though I am 28, we still compare our presents every year to see who got the biggest one!

Ingredients for about 30 biscuits :

  • 85 g powdered sugar
  • 25 g almond powder
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1 package of vanilla sugar
  • 130 g softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 225 g flour
  • 2 teaspoons of gingerbread spice mix

Method :

  1. Sift the powdered sugar. Add in the almond powder, the vanilla sugar and the salt, and mix them together with the butter.
  2. Mix in the egg, and blend well to get a even texture. Sift the flour onto the mixture, add the spice mix and stir without working it too much. Make a ball with the dough, cover it in plastic film, and chill for at least an hour.
  3. Roll out dough, and flour it a little so the rolling pin does not stick. Cut into shapes with Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutters, remove the base of the tree, and make a small cut at the bottom with a well-sharpened knife.
  4. Bake about 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C.
  5. Let the biscuits cool down, decorate with a little milk chocolate ganache and sifted powdered sugar.


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