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Make these delicious gingerbread man-shaped biscuits

What you need...
  • Soft butter, 230g
  • Caster sugar, 140g
  • Egg, 1
  • Vanilla extract, 2 tsp
  • Plain flour, 300g
  • Boiled sweets
  • Writing icing, white
  • Cookie cutters: gingerbread man; heart
  • DL Cello bags
  • Card, white
  • Stamps, alphabet
  • Ink pads, VersaColor: charcoal, opera pink
  • Papers, BoBunny, double dot, pink
  1. Pre-heat an oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Mix butter and sugar together, then add an egg yolk and two teaspoons of vanilla extract. Beat briefly, then sift the flour and stir in. Knead the mixture into a ball.

  2. Roll the ball onto a floured surface, then cut a gingerbread man and press a heart from the body. Use a rolling pin or toffee hammer to smash boiled sweets. Place the biscuits on a non-stick baking sheet and pop in the oven.

  3. After five minutes, take the biscuits out and sprinkle crushed sweets into the heart holes. Leave the biscuits in the oven for a further ten minutes, topping up the crushed sweets every five minutes, then remove and leave to cool whilst adding extra crushed sweeties.

  4. When cool, ice the features, then place the gingerbread in a cello bag to set. Score and fold a piece of card, 9.2cm x 11.5cm, to create a topper for the bag. Stamp words in charcoal and opera pink, then decorate with pink papers and embellishments. Alternatively, print a sentiment from a computer.

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