You will need:
- 175g plain flour
- 110g butter at room temperature
- 50g caster sugar (and extra for dusting)
- assorted decorations: hundreds and thousands, chocolate drops, small marshmallows, white chocolate buttons, icing, brown writing-icing…
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 2 (300/F, 150/C), and lightly grease a baking sheet.
In a big bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with a spoon until as light and fluffy as a rabbit, then sift the flour into the mixture. Still with a spoon, start to bring the mixture together into a paste-like consistency.
Then squish into a ball and place on a board dusted with sugar. Lightly roll out to about 5mm thick. Use a large cutter (I used the biggest mug I could find) to cut out circles.
Then use a knife to cut out a tulip-shaped U…
… and be happy that you have inadvertently made tiny festive bell-biscuits too!
Arrange on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes, until just golden. Cool on a wire rack.
Decorate with anything to hand. Mmmm…