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Have you ever found something you used to love as a child only to find they are rubbish as an adult.

Remember Vice Versas?

They were the best thing ever when you used to "get a penny to spend" at the shop. The white shell contained the milk chocolate and the brown shell contained the white chocolate. They are awesome ... and when they re released them recently i was excited to find a bag.

What a waste of £2.50 :( 

They tasted horrible! I don't know if the recipe was changed or if my adult taste buds just cant stand them but either way ... Yuck!

The same thing happened when i bought a pack of Iced Gems recently. They used to be a treat when i was little and now as an adult they have become a health hazard to eat. The icing is like crunching glass and the biscuit is stale. Nasty!

Well no more!

I have been experimenting and have found a perfect substitute ...

That's why I is for Iced Gems

Taken at their basic form, the Iced Gem biscuits are simply butter biscuits with coloured royal icing. They are so easy to make!

Lets start with the Butter Biscuit.

You'll need
375g Plain Flour (plus a little extra for dusting)
250g Butter, at room temp
140g Icing Sugar, Sifted
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 large Egg Yolk

How to make
Mix the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until its very pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla and yolk, mixing well. Sift in the flour a little at a time and combine till the mixture forms a firm dough.

Using your hands, work the dough into a smooth ball. *The heat from your hands will help here* 

Wrap the dough in cling film and pop it in the fridge for an hour or so.

Pre-heat the oven to 190c/Gas 5 and grease 2 baking trays. I dusted mine with flour which i find works well with biscuits.

Flour the counter and roll out the dough till its about 5mm thick.

Now here's where you can change it up. Its time to cut the dough into the shape you want. The Iced Gem's i made were slightly larger than the ones you can buy in a packet as the smallest cutter (of sorts) i had was the holder to the piping bag. Improvisation is big in my kitchen :)

Place the cut dough onto the trays slightly spread apart and bake for about 10 minutes till they are a pale golden colour.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool ... Don't worry, they will harden up when they cool down.

While they are cooling you can get started on the Royal Icing.

You'll need
250g Icing Sugar, Sifted
1 large Egg White
1 tsp lemon juice
Food Colouring

How to make
Pop everything in a large bowl and whisk for about 3-4 minutes. *I used my new food mixer for this but I'd recommend an electric one to stop your arms falling off.*

You're looking to have the mixture resembling nice peaks without being solid. If the mix is like concrete you will need to add a few drops of boiling water likewise if its too runny you'll need to add a little more sifted icing sugar.

Its not completely unsalvageable unless is starts to turn from white to a dull grey colour. If this happens, you've mixed to hard and its just gonna crumble. Trust me!

Divide out the mixture into the number of bowls for the number of colours you wish to use. *You could use just the one colour if your making them for a party to fit a theme i.e blue for a boys baby shower etc but i like to get colourful*

Add a little of the colouring and mix gently. *I cant sing the praises high enough of the SugarFlair gel colours when baking. They do cost a little extra but they last AGES and the colour is amazing. You get so many shades from gradually adding colour dots at a time. Since using them i refuse to go back to the watery stuff in a bottle!*

Prepare your piping bag with a star nozzle. You can use the same bag over and over, washing between colours or you can use multiple bags, the choice is yours.

Fill the bag with your first colour and 'splodge' a dollop of the icing onto the middle on the cold biscuit. It doesn't need to be an exquisite design ... which adds to the ease of these biscuits.

Leave them to air dry for a couple of hours while intercepting sneaky boys trying to pinch one or five!

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  1. How amazing that you actually made ice gems, so, so accomplished! Love this happy-maker of a post, thanks so much! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    1. Thanks for hosting. Its a great way to share recipes :) xxx

  2. Awesome! I LOVE that you made iced gems - totally going to give these a go, you could make giant ones too... oh the possibilities! #tastytuesdays

    1. Thats what Agent M wants me to do next. Make big ones for him to have for play piece lol. Thanks for dropping by :) xxx

  3. oooh I remember these, your version looks fab! will have to give them a go

    1. They are really so easy to make and they taste miles better than the store bought (at a fraction of the cost) :) xxx

  4. They look fab and you're right, much less dangerous to the teeth!!

    1. Not so good for the waist line though ... they're addictive :) xxx

  5. It's so true!! As a child I loved ice gems but now No No No, they're just wrong. Great recipe, I love that you've made them - the way they should be. Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

  6. How cute are these. I've not had an iced gem since I was little and I used to love them, after what you've said I'll steer clear and make my own instead!

  7. I used to love Iced Gems - not had them in years in fact I thought they had stopped making them... I will be sure to try out your recipe though as they look so much better than the originals... Thank you for joining in with #Flashback Friday xx

  8. These look delicious and so much fun to make, great for a kids party. Bet they taste a million times better than shop-bought Iced Gems too xxx #anythinggoes

  9. I remember iced gems from when I was little and think you've described the shop bought ones really well. Thank you for sharing this with #anythinggoes so that we too can make our home made ones.


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