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Easy Peasy Iced Gems

Remember those?! Well, my gluten & dairy free versions are mega easy to make and will take you right back to the 90's!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Servings: 50 iced gems (aka 1 very greedy Jess)
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, iced gems

Ingredients

  • 35 grams Butter - I used Stork Blocks (dairy free)
  • 15 grams Caster Sugar
  • 50 grams Gluten Free Self-Raising Flour
  • 500 grams Royal Icing - not sure what that is? see details above!

Instructions

The Shortbread Dough

  • Cream the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
    >I mix with an electric hand whisk for about 1 min but you could also use a wooden spoon.
  • Sift in the flour & mix together until JUST combined. I use an electric whisk for this. Could easily use a wooden spoon here.
    >Don't worry if you haven't got a sieve - just tip it in ;)
    >"JUST combined" is when you cant see any more white from the flour and its just starting to clump together, like the picture.
  • Use your hands to press the mix together into a few balls in the bowl. It will be crumbly but that's no problem!
  • Lay a piece of cling film across your worktop. Loosely press the dough together with your hands and place onto the cling film, like my picture.
    >Don't worry if its falling apart and super crumbly, the next step will help!
  • Wrap it up tightly and place into the fridge for at least an hour to firm up. It can be left overnight.

The Biscuits

  • Pre-heat your oven to 160oC. Remove the dough from the fridge, remove the cling film & take a lump of the dough
    >It's easiest to do the next bit with about 1/3 of the dough at a time.
  • Dust your hands in flour. Make a round-ish ball with the dough in your hands - you can be quite heavy handed with it here, play with it like its playdough for 20 secs.
  • Place the ball on a floured surface and use the palm of your hand to flatten slightly. Then bash with a rolling pin to flatten a little more
    >Bashing with the rolling pin helps to stop the shortbread dough from falling apart in the next step.
  • Add some flour to your rolling pin and roll out until its about the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out as many circles as possible.
    >If you'd rolled too thin, don't worry just gather the dough together and start again! Add more flour to the rolling pin, work surfaces and your hands.
    >Cutter: I used a 3/4 inch (2cm) fluted cutter from Amazon but you could stamp out with the base of a piping nozzle or cut around a pound coin
  • Transfer the circles onto a baking tray and place into the oven for 8 mins at 160oC.
    >These biscuits will not brown so don’t wait for the edges to start to colour – stick to 8 mins and they’ll be cooked!
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before touching them as they’ll still be soft.

Topping

  • Make up your royal icing (if you need help with this, see "The Iced Gem Topping" section in my blog post.
  • Divide your icing into 2-3 bowls depending on how many colours you'd like. Add the colours and flavourings to each bowl. 
  • Place your nozzle into your piping bag and fill with the first colour. Pipe onto each biscuit and leave for at least 30mins to set before serving.

Notes

*Piping Tips:
  • I used a 12-point open star swirl nozzle 
  • I know this recipe makes loads more icing than necessary but its a lot easier to pipe with a full bag so fill it up!
  • Hold the biscuit with one hand and piping bag with the other. Press the piping nozzle down onto the biscuit and squeeze the piping bag. Pull the nozzle away and release your squeeze at the same time! Tap the biscuit on the worksurface to make the icing spread more evenly.
  • Wipe the end of the nozzle between each biscuit.
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