Use the base and frosting of this cookie recipe to create really delicious jelly bean cookies. Think about what you want the finished cookie to look like before you begin. Cut the cookies into shapes before baking to create the design you want and when the cookies are done and frosted, the jelly bean color and placement options are limited only by your imagination (although we do have a few suggestions:).
½ cup golden syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 ¼ cups of plain flour
2 teaspoons of mixed spice
Icing as per the following recipe
Preheat the oven to 212 Fahrenheit and lightly grease an oven tray
Combine the golden syrup, brown sugar and the butter in a sauce pan and stir gently over a low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the cooled syrup mix and stir together well to combine.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about a ¼ inch thickness and cut into chosen shapes.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then cool on trays before transferring to a rack to cool
Frost the cooled biscuits and while the frosting is still moist, stick the jelly beans to the icing. Some pattern ideas might include red, white and blue jelly beans in the shape of a flag or red and white jelly beans in a heart shape. Go crazy with your ideas because baking should be fun!
125g softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 ½ cups of sifted icing sugar
2 tablespoons cream
Beat the butter until it is pale and creamy. Add the vanilla and half of the icing sugar and beat these ingredients together until they are well combined. Gradually add cream and the remaining sugar while beating, until the frosting is smooth.