Union Jack Cookies

  • Cookie Mix Recipe (makes 10-12 cookies): 250g butter, room temperature; 100g caster sugar; 1 egg; 1/2 teaspoon almond extract; 300g plain flour;
  • Preheat your oven to 180 C / Gas Mark 4. Line a flat sheet with baking parchment.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the egg then the add the almond extract. Add the flour and mix well.
  • Cover and chill the dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 cm thickness. Cut into rectangles with a knife about 9cm by 6cm.
  • Place the biscuits on a baking tray with a pallet knife, taking care not to misshape them. Bake in the oven for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to allow to cool.
  • To Decorate: Roll out the white icing and using the template as a guide, cut out rectangular shapes to fit the top of the cookies. Paint the back with a little water then lay the icing centrallyon top of the cookies.
  • Cut the remaining shapes out of the red and blue icing, using the picture and other templates as a guide. Any overhanging icing can be cut off with a knife.
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