October 23, 2013 by Bloke In A Kitchen
These are wonderfully simple, and great fun to make with your children. You can hang them from your Christmas tree, or give them as presents. Optionally, put on heart-warming family Xmas film, make big mugs of hot chocolate, sit back, relax, and scoff the lot.
For the cookies
140g icing sugar, sieved
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
250g butter, (at room temperature) cut into small cubes
375g plain flour, sieved
200g icing sugar, sieved
Food colouring (optional)
Edible gold and silver balls / sprinkly cake decorations
Tip the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl, then stir together. Add the flour and mix to a firm dough. Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in clingfilm. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 190C fan 170C/ gas 5 and line two baking sheets with non-stick parchment paper.
Gently roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of two £1 coins. Using cookie cutters, cut out Christmassy shapes and place onto the baking sheets. Don’t place them too close together, as the cookies will expand a little. (If you want to hang the cookies on your Xmas tree, use a skewer to make a hole in the top of each cookie. Later, you can then thread some ribbon through the holes).
Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Place the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool.
Mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cold water to make a thick, but still runny icing. Colour with edible food colouring, if you like. Spread it over the cooled biscuits, and decorate.