150g/5½oz butter, softened

100g/3½oz muscovado sugar

1 large free-range egg

250g/9oz plain flour, plus extra for flouring1 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

1 tbsp mixed spice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pack boiled coloured sweets


© BBC Good Food


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Using an electric hand whisk, whisk together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Once lightened and creamy add the egg and mix thoroughly.

3. Sift in the flour, baking powder, salt, and mixed spice and then add the vanilla extract and mix with a wooden spoon until you reach a biscuit dough consistency.

4. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and roll out to about 1cm/½in thick. Cut out biscuit shapes (such as stars or Christmas trees) and place onto the lined baking tray (you may need more than one tray, or to cook in batches). 

5. Using a smaller cutter or a small knife cut out the centre of each biscuit. Place a boiled sweet into the hole (cut in half if your hole is smaller than 2.5cm/1in) and place in the preheated oven to cook for 15 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp with the sweet melted.

6. As soon as the biscuits are baked and while they are still warm, use a straw to poke a hole out of the top of each biscuit. Be careful not to make this hole too near the edge of the biscuit. Once the melted sweets have hardened, transfer to a wire rack to cool. Thread a length of string, ribbon or florist’s wire through the hole and hang the biscuits on the Christmas tree so the lights can shine through the centres.



Celebrate with us this year at one of our Christmas services.



Round 1 - Numbers & Letters

  1.  3 Wise men

  2. 9 lessons and carols

  3. 4 ghosts in a Christmas carol

  4. 24 windows on an advent calendar 

  5. 5 gold rings

  6. 364 gifts in the twelve days of Christmas 

  7. December 25 is Christmas Day 

  8. 12 days of Christmas 

  9. 4 sticks on a christingle

  10. 2 legs on a turkey

Round 2 - History of Christmas

  1.  William the Conqueror

  2. Germany

  3. Play football

  4. Oliver Cromwell

  5. Egypt

  6. Bob the Builder

  7. Charles Dickens

  8. Henry VIII

  9. Eastenders

  10. Christmas crackers

Round 3 - Christmas Movie Quotes

  1. Love Actually

  2. Elf

  3. Home Alone 2

  4. The Muppets Christmas Carol

  5. The Holiday

  6. The Santa Clause

  7. White Christmas

  8. Miracle on 34th Street

  9. Die Hard

  10. It's a Wonderful Life

Round 4 - Famous Santas

  1. The Polar Express

  2. Miracle on 34th Street

  3. The Nightmare before Christmas

  4. The Christmas Chronicles

  5. The Santa Clause

  6. White Christmas

  7. How the Grinch stole Christmas

  8. The Nightmare before Christmas

  9. Elf

  10. Arthur Christmas