It's not Christmas without some spiced biscuits and I found this great little recipe in one of my trusty BBC Good Food books - 101 Teatime Treats. I've scoured the BBC website for it but the exact recipe doesn't seem to be available online, so I will post below:
Makes about 24 depending on what cutter you use!
85g/3oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
100g/4oz caster sugar
1 egg - beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2tsp mixed spice
2 tbsp golden syrup
250g/9oz plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
icing sugar or granulated sugar, to decorate
1. Beat butter and sugar together until pale and then add the egg slowly, beating as you go.
2. Stir in the vanilla, spice, golden syrup, flour and baking powder. Add a bit more flour if the mixture is very sticky.
3. Shape into a flat disc, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for about an hour.
4. Preheat oven to 180c/160c fan/gas 4 and grease a few baking sheets.
5. Roll out half the dough to the thickness of 2 £1 coins and cut out shapes with festive cutters - repeat with the remaining dough.
6. Place the cookies onto the baking sheets and bake for 10 mins until just golden around the edges.
To decorate, I sprinkled the cookies with granulated sugar before putting them in the oven. Alternatively you can just dust with icing sugar once cooked.
The recipe also suggests piercing a hole through the tops of the cookies before baking, then threading a ribbon through once cool, so they can be used as tree decorations. I bagged mine up in these great presentation bags from Lakeland so they can be given as festive gifts.
PS: they also taste great dunked in tea!