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How To Make Chalkboard Biscuits

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6 to 12

Baking ingredients

  • 125 g butter or margarine
  • 55 g caster sugar
  • 180 g plain flour – sieved

Decorating ingredients

  • Pre-baked ornate plaque shaped shortbread biscuits
  • 250 g Renshaw Jet Black Ready to Roll Icing
  • Apricot jam - warmed
  • Super White Powder



Step 1

Rolling pin

Step 2

Palette knife

Step 3

Ornate plaque cutters (various sizes)

Step 4

Cooled boiled water

Step 5


Step 6


Baking Instructions:

Step 7

Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5.

Step 8

Cream together the butter and sugar until it is nice and smooth then gradually stir in the flour to form a smooth paste.

Step 9

Wrap the shortbread in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Step 10

Knead the dough lightly and roll out to the desired thickness. Using your shaped cutters, cut out various shapes.

Step 11

Place the shapes on a greased and lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until pale-golden brown.

Step 12

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.

Decorating Instructions:

Step 13

Knead the Jet Black icing on a clean, dry surface until pliable. Dust surface with a little icing sugar if required then roll out to your desired thickness.

Step 14

Cut the ornate plaque shape out, using the same cutters used for the biscuits.

Step 15

Brush the front of the biscuit with apricot jam and place the Jet Black icing cut out to the prepared biscuit. Lightly press down using your smoother.

Step 16

Repeat this process for the other styles of plaques, making sure not to mark the front with the apricot jam.

Step 17

Once all biscuits are covered with the Jet Black icing, set to one side and allow to dry overnight. This will give you a good base to paint onto in the morning.

Step 18

Once your biscuits have dried overnight, take a small amount of the Super White Powder (roughly the size of a pea) and with a small paint brush add cooled boiled water to turn the powder into a paint consistency.

Step 19

Using a small paint brush, you can start to paint your inspirational words onto the biscuit. You can experiment with different fonts and styles, to get your desired finish.

Step 20

Having written your word onto the biscuit, use the same brush to make a line border around the edge (see picture).

Step 21

Once you have done one of the biscuits, repeat the same process for the remaining ones, changing the words on the different shapes. We have used the following words – laugh, love, dream, honour and believe.


Step 22

These chalkboard biscuits are great for wedding favours or home made gifts.

Step 23

This technique can be used to decorate the other shaped biscuits, for example an apple shape. A thank you present for a teacher.