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Q: “Why do mummies make excellent spies?” A: “Because they are good at keeping things under wraps!” I love these biscuits that are super simple, quick and easy to make or for a last minute Hallowe’en Trick or Treat. I have used a vanilla biscuit base, but you could use chocolate, gingerbread, or a flavour of your choice.
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line 2 baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment.
Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Add the beaten egg.
Stir in the vanilla bean paste.
Sieve together the flour and baking powder and fold into the creamed mixture.
Wrap in cling film and allow to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a depth of 4mm. Stamp out gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray spaced apart.
Bake in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes until baked and golden brown on the edges.
Allow to cool for 2 minutes before lifting out onto a wire rack to cool.
Lightly whisk 2 egg whites until foamy.
Remove 1 tbsp and colour with black food gel. Spoon this into a piping bag fitted with a no. 1.5 nozzle.
Fill a piping bag with white royal icing fitted with a no. 3 nozzle and start by piping the 2 eyes into position.
Pipe the icing across the biscuit to create the mummy’s bandages.
Finish by piping the black eyes – looking in different directions.
Allow to set for 2 - 4 hours.