Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Cookies

Christmas is nearly upon us - only 2 more sleeps! (Not that I'm counting or anything...) Who else is excited? I tend to go way too over the top with baking around Christmas and this year is no exception. These buttery cookies have been going down a treat, especially with a certain dog. 

What you'll need:
  • 400g plain flour
  • 225g butter
  • 350g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Half a tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Writing icing and sprinkles to decorate.
(Makes 30)

Preheat your oven to 160c (fan). In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar then beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually sift in the flower, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and mix together until you have a ball of cookie dough.

Roll the dough out until 75mm thick. If you find that your dough is sticking to the table just add more flour. Cut out using a star cutter or whatever shape you fancy and place on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Bake for 10 minutes or so. When they come out the oven they will still be soft so leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

When completely cool go mad with decorations.

You can also make these into tree decorations - just make a hole in them before you bake them and thread them with ribbon. x

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