Make some star-shaped biscuits from The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner

You will need:

For the biscuits:

•  100g unsalted, softened butter

•  100g caster sugar

•  1 free-range egg

•  1 tsp vanilla extract

•  275g plain flour

To decorate:

•  Coloured sugar paste

•  Leftover jam

How to make them:

For the biscuits:

1.  Preheat your oven to 190C

2.  Line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper and mix butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until creamed - it should look pale and fluffy

3.  Mix the egg and vanilla extract together, and then add the flour until the mixture forms a dough

4.  Roll the dough onto a floured surface, making sure the dough remains around 1cm thick

5.  Using star-shaped biscuit cutters, cut the biscuits out and place onto your baking tray

6.  Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, they should be golden-brown. Put aside to harden and cool on a wire rack

For the icing:

1.  Roll out coloured sugar paste

2.  Cut out star shapes using your star-shaped cutters

3.  Stick to the biscuits using a warm, leftover jam

Now lay out your bewitching biscuity treats for the perfect party treat. Try not to get too starry-eyed!


  • The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner

  • Do you believe in magic?

    Can you imagine a war between wizards, a rebellious ant called 4179003, or a time-travelling television?

    Can you imagine that poor old Mr Swimble could see a mysterious vacuum cleaner in the morning, and make cheese sandwiches and yellow elephants magically appear by the afternoon?

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Sir Terry Pratchett, and fourteen fantastically funny tales from the master storyteller. Bursting from these pages are food fights, pirates, bouncing rabbits and magical pigeons.

    And a witch riding a vacuum cleaner, of course.

    ‘One of the most consistently funny writers around’

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