St George’s Day baking (2 types of biscuits)

Jammy Dodger St George Day biscuit

Anyone fancy celebrating with a St George’s Day baking activity? Yesterday, I put together a St George’s Day after school activity, for the children. St George’s Day is on Thursday, but as it is baking, it made sense to do it earlier.

cutting out St George day biscuitsWe made two different varieties of biscuits, using the same mixture. I like using the “Rainy Day biscuit” recipe from the book Nigella Bites (similar to this recipe). It keeps its shape when it bakes, uses ground almonds and tastes good on its own. A really good, proper biscuit. Saying that, any biscuit recipe that uses cookie cutters will do.

cookie castle cutting out

We used a shield cookie cutter. If you haven’t got a shield cookie cutter then, you can also use a paper template to cut round. You can see how we did this when making our castle and shield cookies.

icing St George day biscuits

Once baked, the children had fun icing the biscuits. We used ordinary icing for a change, but fondant icing would be an even better option, according to the children. Instructions here.

painting St George day biscuitsOnce the icing had set, using a new paint brush, the children painted crosses on to the biscuits with red food dye on the shields. Really does take a light brush stroke. It’s still easy to make furrows in the icing.

Painted St George Day biscuits children craft

These biscuits disappeared quickly. I caught the last five for a photo, before they too were devoured. (Managed to hide two, for the next day’s packed lunch) It really did make a fun St George’s Day baking session.

Jammy Dodger St George Day biscuits making

I hung on to half the unbaked biscuit mix and used the shield cookie cutter to cut out more. Half of these, I cut plus signs or crosses in. I found it easier to keep the shape if I cut the crosses and moved them on to the baking tray while they were still in the cutter.

Jammy Dodger St George Day biscuitsOnce baked and cooled, I dusted the crossed shields with icing sugar. The other biscuits were spread with raspberry jam. Then the crossed shields were put on the top to make jammy dodgers. Easy! Does make a perfect (yummy) St George’s shield or English flag.British flag and St George Day biscuit
So two variations on the theme. I’m not big on icing, so I prefer the jammy dodger versions. The children like both.

If you make any of the biscuits and post a photo up on Instagram (@CherylTimeToCraft) or Twitter (@CherylInTheUK), please tag me. I’d love to see them.

St George Day book recommendationEither way, they make good biscuits to munch on while reading a book. Children have been enjoying re-reading the story of Saint George and the Dragon. (Not in front of Norbert the dragon though)

Other St George’s Day activities:

cookie castle under siege

castle cookies

how to make a welsh dragon cake top

dragon cookies

dragon wings flap

make dragon wings

castle knight jumper sword fighting

dress up as a knight

castle weekend fun

visit a castle

Shadow play 1 a

make a shadow play theatre

fire breathing dragon

make a fire breathing dragon

dragon tshirt

paint a tshirt using freezer paper


    1. They are very yummy. I should have made twice as many. 12 year old says that she actually prefers my jammy dodgers to the shop bought ones. (Followed by a look of disbelief) What more can I say?

  1. both look delicious!
    you made me laugh, i’m certainly glad you didn’t read the story in front of norbert… what a shock for him that would have been!!

    1. He’s such a gentle dragon too. I’m sure he would never have got himself into such a pickle. Picking fights with knights, indeed!

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