The wonder of Christmas is that, when it finally arrives, it brings with it the desire to use one’s imagination to make handicrafts with which to delight your guests, or simply to decorate your house in an original way to create a friendly atmosphere in which to pass time with friends and family. Today we are making something unusual for your home, some decorative biscuits for hanging on your Christmas tree, thereby making it even more beautiful and attractive than usual, especially in the eyes of the children who can look forward to snacking on some decorative reindeers! Unlike traditional and characterless baubles, they help to give that extra bit of warmth to your house, and also give us the satisfaction of entertaining the little gluttons if only for a few minutes!
In a food mixer, combine the flour, icing sugar, cinnamon and softened butter until you get a crumbly dough; add an egg and mix again until the dough takes on the shape of a dense and compact ball. Wrap the dough with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then roll it out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 5 mm. Using some Christmas-themed biscuit cutters, make your shapes and add a small hole at the top of the biscuit, using a tiny round biscuit cutter. Bake at 180°C for 15-18 minutes. Remove the biscuits from the oven and let them cool. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze: beat the egg whites with the icing sugar and a few drops of lemon juice until pretty firm and glossy. Divide the icing into two or three parts and add different food colourings to them. Take the biscuits and decorate them as it takes your fancy. You can do simple white outlines using the silver icing, or using the red and green colours make small decorations like leaves and berries. Let the glaze dry and attach a ribbon to the biscuits to hang on the Christmas tree.
With a very small biscuit cutter, cut a small hole at the top of each shape for attaching to the tree