I’m getting in the holiday spirit here by baking christmas cookies. I don’t have any cookie cutters here so I just cut out a shape in paper and cut around it on the laid out dough. It turned out pretty well I think! Although I did get kind of tired of cutting with a knife that i ended up with cutting squares instead to make small gifts which still looks pretty cute for a lazy alternative!
These cookies were pretty good, ate half the dough along the way haha the recipe said that it would make a dozen, I ended up making 20 and putting another 20 in the freezer for another occasion. So maybe I just did them smaller than the recipe was imagining, but either way, freezing them gives me a quick baking day for another time!
These are also quite addictive, I gave some to my boss, and she kept going back to the office during work to go get one. Oops!
Recipe: I found this recipe online and added my little twist. The cookies turn out to be really yummy but they do take quite a while to make!
Oven temperature: 180ºC
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Icing sugar for the icing and decorative icing tubes for smaller designs.
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk the sugar and butter together until it’s light and fluffy. Add the egg to the mixture and then the vanilla extract. When this is well mixed through, add the dry mixture a little at the time and mix well.
Form the dough into a bowl and wrap it in cling film. Refrigerate for 30 min to make it more firm but still pliable.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll until 1/4 inch thick. Transfer this to a tray covered with baking paper (will need more than one tray) and set in the freezer for 20 min.
Using cookie cutters or a knife, make the desired forms, bring them onto baking paper and refrigerate for 15 min to avoid them breaking in the oven. Then bake for 10-15min until they are golden on the edges.
Let them cool on a wire rack before you put any icing on.
For the icing I just used powdered sugar and water, as well as decorative chocolate sticks.
Hope you will enjoy the recipe! Share your pictures on Instagram or on your blogs if you try the recipe and tag me in them so I can see your creative results!
Love, Jen xx