Christmas cookies and holiday hearts…
That’s the way the holidays start!
I’m heading off to a Cookie Exchange and this is my sweet offering…
Christmas and cookies just go together. . .
So what better way to celebrate the season than with a virtual Cookie Exchange at The Everyday Home.
What fun. . .30 bloggers with 30 cookie recipes!
Now we are all a little time poor at this time of year, so I’m sharing a cookie recipe that is quick and easy and tastes great!
It’s a basic sugar cookie recipe with royal icing, but it is the finishing touches that make it a stand out!
This is the basic sugar cookie recipe I use, but any sugar cookie would be okay.
(Recipe is from an old issue of Australian Women’s Weekly magazine)
250 grams butter,
3/4 cup caster sugar,
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract,
2 1/4 cups plain flour.
Beat butter, sugar and extract in a small bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add egg and beat until combined. Stir in the sifted flour. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 45 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to moderate (180c/160 c fan forced). Line oven trays with baking paper.
Roll pastry between sheets of baking paper until 4mm thick. Cut shapes from dough.
Place cookies on prepared trays and bake in a moderate oven for 10 minutes or until browned lightly. Cool cookies on trays.
Icing and decorating the cookies:
Shhh…. let this be our secret, to save time I used a packaged powdered royal icing. Simply follow the instructions on the packet to make icing.
Here’s another little tip…. I iced my cookies both in the traditional way (Fig. 2) using a piped outline and flooded filling and by icing the top of the cookies with a knife. The outcome was virtually the same!!
To decorate, mix water and food colouring in a small bowl. I made two different shades of green and one watered down red.
Using a fine tipped round brush, paint in a rough wreath shape. Let cookies dry.
Next, paint in random holly leaves around the wreath using the darker green. Leave to dry.
Paint a red ribbon and bow and add clusters of berries using the red mix.
It might be a basic recipe, but they taste great!
Please visit the following blogs to see what cookies
they have "brought" to the Christmas Cookie Exchange…