Simnel biscuits recipe

aCut out shapes from thinly rolled marzipan and press on top of the cookies
Cut out shapes from thinly rolled marzipan and press on top of the cookies - Clara Molden

These easy biscuits take inspiration from the flavours of a classic Easter simnel cake. The dough can be stamped into simple rounds or spring shapes, like these egg-delivering bunnies, using seasonal cutters.

Cook’s tip: Leave the biscuits plain or, to decorate, cut out shapes from thinly rolled marzipan and press on top of the cookies, adding currants or chocolate drops, if you like.

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The dough can be stamped into simple rounds or spring shapes - Clara Molden

Timings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10-12 minutes

Makes

20-24

Ingredients

view of the five ingredients needed to make Silvana Franco's recipe for Simnel bunny cookies
Just five ingredients are needed to make the cookies - Clara Molden
  • 200g butter, at room temperature

  • 100g caster sugar

  • 250g plain flour

  • 2 tsp mixed spice

  • 75g currants, chopped almonds, marzipan or chocolate drops (or a mix), plus extra to decorate, if you wish

Method

  1. Heat the oven 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

  2. Stir in the flour, spice and any flavourings and bring together with your hands to make a firm dough (add a splash of milk if the mixture feels dry).

  3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment to a thickness of around 3mm. Using a cutter, stamp out 20-24 biscuits, re-rolling any trimmings.

  4. Transfer to two non-stick baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes until pale golden.

  5. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Roll out the dough to a thickness of around 3mm - Clara Molden

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