Recipe: Iced Gems


Everyone at Sorted remembered these little sugary biscuits from our childhood... but we didn't even know you could still buy them. We grabbed ourselves a bag and were massively disappointed. They weren't what we remembered so we set out to fix that!


  • 200 g plain flour
  • 100 g cold cubed butter
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 500 g royal icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp cold water
  • 3 coloured food gels
Preheat oven

Step 1

Preheat Oven

Preheat an oven to 180°C.

mix butter, flour & sugar

Step 2

Mix Butter, Flour & Sugar

Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir the sugar through the mix.

finish the biscuit dough

Step 3

Finish The Biscuit Dough

Beat the egg in a small bowl and add to the biscuit dough with the golden syrup. Press together until you have one smooth cookie dough.

chill and roll out

Step 4

Chill And Roll Out

Sandwich between two sheets of greaseproof paper and chill for an hour. Roll to the a thickness of 1/2cm between the two sheets.

cut and bake

Step 5

Cut And Bake

Cut circular biscuits 2cm across and transfer to a lined baking tray. Bake for 6 minutes, then rest for a while before moving to a wire rack to cool.

make the icing

Step 6

Make The Icing

Beat the royal icing in a bowl with the water for 4-5 minutes until you have stiff peaks. Divide the icing between 4 bowls and add a drop of a colour to 3 of them.

add the icing

Step 7

Add The Icing

Place the icing into piping bags with star nozzles and pipe small blobs onto each biscuit.

leave to set

Step 8

Leave To Set

Leave to set at room temperature before piling them onto a serving platter and allowing guests to help themselves. Makes 40.

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