While I was browsing in the internet for what I can make for one of our church’s morning tea, I came upon a photo of what is called Jelly Biscuits. I clicked on the site and found the recipe on http://www.kidspot.com.au/best-recipes/After-school-snacks+86/Jelly-crystal-biscuits-recipe+4486.htm. I loved the colours of these biscuits and sure enough, my daughter loved not just how they tasted, but also the fun she had making them with me. One of the ladies in church loved them and asked for the recipe. She calls them Christmas Cookies because of the colours. Below is some sort of a reproduction of the original recipe, though it now has some notes from me to myself and to those who might be reading this.
What you need:
4 packets jelly crystals (different colors)
350 grams butter, softened (not melted)
1 cup caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 ½ cups self raising flour
Food colouring to match colours of your crystals (I use food colour gels)
What you need to do:
Preheat oven to 170*C (150*C fan forced). Line two baking trays with wax paper and set aside.
Using a mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat in well until fluffy. With the mixer running, add the egg. Gradually add your flour until combined and divide into four separate bowls.
Add 2 tablespoons of one of the jelly crystals to one of the bowls. Add matching food colour. Knead on a lightly floured surface until mixed. Set aside. Do the same for the remaining dough so you will have 4 different colored bowls of dough.
Roll the dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls, and roll them on matching leftover jelly crystals. Place on the prepared baking tray, allowing space between for the biscuits to spread while cooking.
Press down each ball with the base of a glass to flatten to about 1 cm thick.
Bake for 35 minutes and leave on tray to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- The brighter the colour, the more chance it will show after baking. Remember though, you don’t need to put any food color — the biscuits taste great even without the colour but of course, not as attractive.
- I used Aeroplane jelly crystals (Creaming Soda for pink, Berry Blue, Lime and Mango) and used food colouring gel to brighten the color.
- If you think your oven is hot (ovens are not the same in terms of heat) and if your oven is fan forced, I suggest you bake at 150*C for the 30-35 minutes, checking after about 25 minutes. The original recipe says 180 deg C (160 deg C for fan forced), but my oven at 160 started to burn the edges of the cookies.