Biscuit place tags

Make these little name biscuits as a fun addition to your Christmas table, one for each dinner guest. They also make thoughtful gifts for family and friends

  • Prep:50 mins
    Cook:15 mins
    plus chilling and 2-3 hrs setting
  • Serves 12
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 171
  • fat 8g
  • saturates 5g
  • carbs 24g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 2g
  • salt 0.2g


  • 100g butter
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 160g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼-½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g royal icing sugar
  • few drops of food colouring (optional)


  1. Put the butter, sugar, flour and spices in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and vanilla, and pulse again until it comes together into a dough. Will keep, well wrapped, in the fridge for up to three days, or the freezer for three months.

  2. Roll the dough out on a dusted work surface to the thickness of £1 coin. Use biscuit cutters in the shapes of your choice to stamp out the tags, making sure they’re large enough to pipe names on, about 8-10cm wide (we used round- and star-shaped cutters). Transfer the biscuits, well spaced apart, to baking sheets lined with baking parchment, and chill for 15 mins.

  3. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Bake for 12-15 mins until golden at the edges. Leave to cool for 5 mins on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

  4. Mix the icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a very thick, stiff paste. Colour the icing with food colouring, if you like. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a very small round nozzle, and pipe borders around the biscuits, then the names in the centre. Leave to set for 2-3 hrs.

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