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How to make Father Christmas spiced shortbread biscuits

Adorable Father Christmas, and Father Christmas' wife, shaped gingerbread men with lemon and mixed spice for an extra Christmasy kick.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Festive makes
Keyword: biscuits, Christmas, festive, shortbread
Servings: 12
Author: Emily Leary


  • 540 g flour
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 300 g unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1 tsp lemon extracT
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 2.5 tbsp water
  • Gingerbread man cutter
  • Red moulding icing
  • Icing pens


  • Put the flour, sugar and mixed spice in a large bowl and stir well
  • Cube the butter and add to the bowl
  • Rub the mix through until you get an even crumb
  • Add in the lemon extract and a tbsp of water with a round knife
  • Add more water (up to 2.5 tbsp total) if needed until you can work the mix into a very short dough
  • Turn the dough out on to a floured surface
  • Roll the dough to 1/2 inch thick and cut out your men
  • Bake a non-stick stray at 180C/355F (160C/320F fan) for 20 mins until just colouring at the edges
  • Cool completely on a wire rack
  • Roll or press a little red icing out very thin (it works best if you have cold hands)
  • Use the gingerbread cutter again to get the outline you need,
  • Trimming the arms and legs back to get the shape you want, then press the 'clothes' on to the biscuit
  • Draw on the trim and beard with a white icing pen making small circles
  • Finish by adding any other detail you like, such as eyes, mouth and even a hat made from an offcut