Mulled Wine Biscuits is a better name, than my first idea of “mulled wine squirrels”, mainly because that one sounds like a fancy dish in a Michelin star restaurant. Also, the shape of the biscuits makes no difference. Use any shape you like. I got these from Ikea, if you want to use the same shape, and I think they are really cute. The squirrel shape comes in a pack with a few more cookie cutters, like moose.
I’m very found of the flavours of mulled wine, so I’ve tried to recreate them in these biscuits. I wanted to give them the “boozy” taste too and, thus, I’ve used Rum flavouring. With Rum, and all flavouring, it matters if you use a stronger flavouring. Adjust the spices as you see fit. Of course, you can change them too, to be more suitable to your taste and more similar to the spices you are adding when you are making mulled wine.
Instead of golden syrup I’ve added grape molasses. You can do that or not, if you can’t find it.
Ingredients for Mulled Wine Biscuits:
– 250g plain white flour
– 100g plain wholemeal flour
– 150g sugar
– 125g butter
– 1 free-range egg
– 2.5 tsp ground cinnamon
– 5 spoons grape molasses
– 1/4 tsp ginger
– 1/2 tsp cardamom
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp Rum flavouring
Put the flour and the spices in the bowl of the food processor. Add the sugar and the cubes of butter on top and blitz until it starts to resemble breadcrumbs. Beat the egg with the Rum flavouring and the grape molasses. Pour the beaten egg on top and blitz until the dough starts to form.
Now is time to tip the dough on the floured worktop and knead briefly until the dough is smooth. Wrap it in cling film and leave in the fridge to chill for 15 to 20 minutes.
Line three baking trays with baking parchment. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Using the cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits. Remove the excess dough and transfer the biscuits to the baking tray.
Preheat the oven to 180C or 160C fan. Put the baking trays in the oven. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Take the trays out of the oven and leave for 5-10 minutes to harden. After that, transfer the mulled wine biscuits to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Now the biscuits are ready to be served.