I love baking. Honestly, I think of myself as a Mary Berry wannabe. So when it comes to any sort of holiday, I bust out of the seems to make delicious items specifically for that time of year. Since it’s Christmas, there’s nothing more fun or Christmassy than Christmas cookies. You see them everywhere over this time of year and they always look delicious, and they’re super easy to make too! I’ll be showing you two of my favourite recipes for this time of year, that are simple and easy to make, even with the kids!
Honestly, I feel like this is the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever tried. It works really well for me, because the dough doesn’t require cooling in the fridge! They keep their shape and the edges are perfect almost every time. It’ll take around 30 minutes from start to finish, with a cook time of around 6-10 minutes. You can scale the ingredients either up or down, as this recipe makes around 25 cookies (but mine size from very small to very big, they’re not all the same.) Let’s get baking!
- 1 cup of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Preheat your over to 350°F/180°C/Gas mark 4/160 Fan
- In a bowl, cream together your butter and sugar until smooth (I use my electric mixer for this, but feel free to get little hands mixing!)
- Beat in the vanilla extract and the egg
- In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, salt and flour.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in your mixing bowl. If the dough becomes to dry for the mixer, turn it out onto your countertop. Wet your hands and continuing kneading the dough by hand.
- Divide the dough into workable sections, and roll those sections out onto a floured surface (you want the cookies to be around 1/4 inch thick)
- Bake the cookies for around 6-10 minutes. They should be soft. If you want crisper cookies, leave them in for the full amount of time, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
- Let them cool and then decorate to your liking! (I use icing to just add some colour and effects to the cookies, depending on the shape of the cookie!)
My friend George messed up his “Merry Christmas” a little, but they’re still cute! And they taste amazing too! What’s your favourite Christmas baking good? Let me know!