i’ve been told a secret – christmas cookies are calorie-free. santa said so and who doesn’t believe that guy?
i raided her kitchen to find some cookie cutters and got to work.
keeping things simple i went with this recipe.
to make the cookies you will need:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened (225g)
- 1/2 cup sugar (225g)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (450g)
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
(if you are converting cups into metric this guide is really handy)
for the royal icing:
- one egg white
- 225g of icing sugar
- dash of lemon juice
whip out a large bowl (pardon the pun) and beat the butter and sugar until blended. i would advise using an electric mixer, i only had a manual one to hand and it proved to be quite the exercise.
mix until light and creamy then beat in the egg and vanilla.
gradually add in the flour, baking powder and salt until blended. at this point minus my electric mixer i had to use my hands but this simply added to the fun, so why not roll up your sleeves and get kneading.
flour your board or surface and whip out your rolling pin, and roll piece of your dough to about 1 cm thick.
when your shapes have been cut out marvel at their beauty, before placing on a tray and popping in the oven for 10 mins, until they start to go golden brown.
whisk the eggs, fold in the icing and beat until you have stiff peaks. you’ll know when you are there.
pour the icing sugar into a freezer bag snip off the corner and pipe the icing onto your cookies. i used a knife to smooth out the edges.
i separated some icing and added red food dye to make my santas and to colour in my stockings, but you can add any old colour. obviously.
i found these amazing little sugar decorations so i gave my father christmas shapes a face, stuck presents onto the stocking and added mini trees to my evergreen confier (thanks google) biscuits.
i also decided to gold wild with the edible gold spray paint and added sprinkles to my stars. i have to admit i was pretty pleased with my batch.
so, who wants one?