Usually every Christmas my mother-in-law sends us so many Christmas cookies we are still eating them well into the new year. This year however I was given many baking related gifts at their last visit in October, with that in mind and still having not received any Christmas cookies so far (its already the 17th Dec!) I took the hint and finally opened my Christmas cookie cutters and put them to use.
So to give this recipe a go you will need:
Green food colouring
Cookie cutters along with the following ingredients:
250g butter (softened)
200g caster sugar
1 medium sized egg
255g plain flour
pinch of salt and 0.5 teaspoon of Baking powder
Beat the butter, sugar and egg in a bowl with an electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy, then sift and stir in the flour.
Knead the dough until smooth, roll out the dough between two baking sheets and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper
Cut out cookie shapes using the cookie cutter and place about 2 cm apart in the baking tray.
Bake between 8-12 minutes until the cookies look golden brown.
Set to cool on a wire rack.
In the meantime make the icing by sifting the icing sugar into a bowl, and stir in 3 tablespoons of warm water and add 1/2tsp of green food colouring
Decorate the cookies as desired, adding sprinkles, smarties etc.