It is a holiday season and in our family it’s a season of everyones favourite dessert – Christmas cookies!
These cookies are incredibly soft and flaky, delicate and sweet, simply a wonderful treat during the festive season. This recipe is easy to make, and the cookie cutting part is so much fun, so you can involve kids, friends and loved ones.
- Butter (at room temperature) – 250 g
- Caster Sugar (I use ground brown sugar) – 125 g
- Egg – 1 pcs
- Flour (sifted) – 250 g, plus extra for dusting
- Corn Starch – 125 g
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
- A pinch of salt
- Start with mixing the butter and sugar with a stand – or hand-mixer until fluffy and light in colour.
- Next, add an egg and the vanilla extract. Mix again until smooth.
- In separate bowl, mix together the sifted flour, baking powder, corn starch and a pinch of salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in portions and knead a smooth dough.
- The dough will be soft and delicate, but holds its shape and doesn’t stick to your hands. Wrap the dough with a cling film and chill in the fridge for at least two hours.
- Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C (Conventional).
- Cut a quarter of the dough, that is comfortable to work with and keep the rest of it in the fridge. Put the dough on a dusted with flour surface, knead it for a few seconds, so it’s easier to roll out. Roll it to 4-5 mm thickness. You can also roll the dough directly on the baking paper. Just keep in mind, that for easy and fun work, you should keep your dough chill. The longer you knead it and work with it, the softer it gets and harder to work with. Simply because butter starts to melt. If that happens, just bash it to the fridge for a few minutes, and in a mean time work with another part.
- Now, have fun cutting out the pastry using different cookie cutters, shapes and stamps.
- Carefully place cookies on a baking tray which is lined with some baking paper.
- Bake your cookies in the oven on the middle shelf for approximately 10-12 minutes, depends on how thick your cookies are. Keep an eye on them, so that they don’t burn! Cookies are ready when the edges become light brown!
- Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool off completely. This is the hardest part, as its incredible aroma fulfils not only the kitchen, but the whole house.
- Store your cookies in an airtight container (glass or metal).
- Finally, serve them with a cup of tea or a glass of warm milk. Santa would love these cookies as well, so keep some for him too! :)