• 275 g odlums cream plain flour
  • 125 g margarine (at room temperature)
  • 125 g shamrock golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • few drops vanilla essence
  • decoration:
  • silver balls


  • Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Lightly grease flat baking trays.
  • Put margarine into a bowl and beat. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in the beaten egg and vanilla essence. Add the flour and draw mixture together into a ball with your hands.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the dough until it is the thickness of a coin. Use cutters to make shapes (stars, hearts, Christmas trees etc.) and make holes for ribbon with a skewer or cocktail stick. Lift onto baking trays. Press silver balls onto dough.
  • Bake biscuits for about 8 minutes until just pale in colour. Leave to harden for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire tray to cool
  • Add ribbons and any other decoration as liked!