I love baking, I always have. I think it stems from my Nana letting me sit with her while she baked and letting me lick the spoons and beaters.
I decided I wanted to do some baking, and mum needed a plate to take for her work Christmas morning tea, so it ended up being the perfect excuse to get baking. So I made some Christmas cookies, and also some Christmas Tree Brownies, which will be coming up next week.
For the sugar cookies or I found they just ended up being like shortbread, I used a recipe that Zoe Sugg had shared on her blog.
For the cookie cutters I found the snowflake one in Look Sharp and the Candy Cane came in a set from Kmart.
- 140g Icing Sugar
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 250g Butter, softened (cut into small chunks)
- 375g Flour
- Preheat the oven to 190oC.
- Using a wooden spoon or a mixer, mix together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla and the egg yolk, setting the egg white aside. Cream together the mixture until it's all mixed together, then add the flour.
- Add in the flour a little bit at a time until it is all combined to form a dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill it in the fridge for around 30 mins.
- Spread some flour on the worktop and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Using Christmassy cookie cutters, cut out shapes and carefully put them on a lined baking tray.
- Put the tray(s) into the oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes until they are lightly golden brown. Carefully slide them off the tray and onto a cooling rack.
When it came to icing, I used sparkle glitter gel icing tubes that I bought from Look Sharp, but a Royal Icing works really nicely on cookies like these too.
What it you favourite thing to bake at Christmas?