Note: illustration shows a gingerbread Matterhorn (which is much
darker in colour) as well as two iced Matterhorns from this
Sufficient for 22 Matterhorn biscuits, a shortbread-like
biscuit. Don't forget that you will need a Matterhorn
cookie cutter for this. You may use the same cookier cutter
for the Gingerbread Man recipe
but, of course, never use your gingerbread man cookie cutters with
this recipe; it wouldn't be right.
For the dough:
200 gm salted butter, sliced into strips for easy mixing
400 gm plain flour
125 gm sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
For the icing
150 gm icing sugar
2-3 tbsp water
red food colouring
pearly hundreds and thousands or chocolate-coated popping
candy [must be chocolate coated as this prevents the popping
candy being triggered by the water in the icing] or vanilla
bean dusting sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C.
Grease and line two baking trays or, if you are short on
baking trays, the underside of a couple of baking tins.
Mix together the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.
Add the flour and knead to a firm dough.
Wrap the dough in clingfilm and put it in the fridge for at
least 1 hour.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface to around 4
Cut out shapes with the Matterhorn cookie cutter and lift
the shapes onto your baking trays; they will not spread so you
can put them quite close together. This will take some
time so do it in relays with the lines below.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes; they will have barely
changed colour, just maybe a hint of brown around the edges of
Move the biscuits to a cooling rack and repeat steps 7 to 9
until all are done. Roll any last remaining pieces of
dough between the palms of your hands to make some Matterhorn
avalanche for the needy baker.
Mix together the icing sugar and water to make a gloopy
mixture, adding a small amount of red food colouring to make
the icing pink.
Using the back of a small spoon, smear the icing on the
biscuits, being careful not to get it in the Matterhorn crack
so that this remains nice and visible.
While the icing is damp on each one, spread either the
pearly hundreds and thousands, for a nice snowy effect, or the
chocolate-coated popping candy for an earthy effect, or just
scatter vanilla bean icing to make a snowy top (this will soak
into the icing a little so you may need to repeat after 5