There’s nothing like baking Christmas Cookies to get into the festive mood. It’s fun – an activity you can share with other family members, perhaps getting the kids to join in? It’s also creative – your choice of shapes and decorations is limited only by your imagination. And best of all, the fruits of your labour can be EATEN!
What’s more, Christmas Cookies make wonderful tree decorations and presents for friends and family. What’s not to like?
And while many families have their own traditional recipes for Christmas baking, here’s one cookie dough recipe we can all agree on:
(makes about 30 cookies)
250g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
½ tsp baking powder
large pinch of salt
110g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
To make the dough, combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients a spoonful at a time, whisking until fully incorporated before you add the next spoonful. Divide the mixture into two portions, flatten into disks and place both into the freezer for 30 minutes (or fridge for longer) until firm.
Preheat the oven to 165 C degrees and line baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Take one dough disk and roll out quite thinly (about 3mm) between two sheets of baking parchment, adding flour as needed to prevent from sticking. Cut shapes with biscuit cutters and transfer to baking sheets. Reroll and repeat until all the dough is used up.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, rotating halfway, until the cookies start to turn golden. Cool on a wire rack.
Now comes the fun bit. Whether you simply dust your cookies with icing sugar or go all out with elaborate decorations, the end result will be festive and oh so delicious!
For extra Christmas inspiration, take a look at these ideas on how to decorate your cookies.