Decorative snacks (that you'll eat in a flash)

Our snow globe cookies are super cute and make a great teacher gift

Decorative snacks (that you'll eat in a flash)
by Natalie Keeler

Who can resist doing a bit of biscuit decorating at Christmas time? This snow globe biscuit recipe is simple and delicious, and children will love using icing pens to draw their favourite festive characters.

Top tip: If you're a bit short on time, you can use shop-bought biscuits and start decorating straight away (that is the best bit, after all). Want to bake the biscuits yourself? We love this easy biscuit recipe from BBC Good Food.


  • Digestive biscuits
  • Icing sugar
  • Warm water
  • Blue food colouring
  • Icing pens
  • Desiccated coconut


Step 1

First, make a bowl of pale blue icing. Your child can help you to combine the icing sugar and warm water ­– it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add more water/icing sugar, if you need to change the consistency. Add one drop of blue food colouring to make the icing pale blue.

Step 2

Next, your child can dip the whole biscuit into the blue icing to cover it evenly. Sprinkle it with desiccated coconut and leave to dry.

Step 3

Finally, children can use the icing pens to draw snowy pictures. For example, a snowman, a penguin, Santa or a Christmas tree.

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Learning guide

We've suggested a snowman decoration here, but if you really want to test your child's creativity, ask them what they would like to put on their snow globe. Following a recipe helps children work on their numeracy skills, and the motion of sprinkling the coconut is great for developing their fine motor skills too.