Sparkling vanilla Christmas cookies

Sparkling vanilla Christmas cookies

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins Plus chilling time

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 20 biscuits

Hang these from a Christmas tree or pack them into boxes as end-of-term gifts for teachers and friends.

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
233
protein
2g
carbs
34g
fat
11g
saturates
7g
fibre
1g
sugar
19g
salt
0.2g

Ingredients

  • 140g icing sugar, sieved
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 250g butter, cut into small cubes
  • 375g plain flour, sieved

To decorate

  • 200g icing sugar, sieved
  • edible food colouring, optional
  • edible gold and silver balls
  • approx 2m thin ribbon cut into 10cm lengths

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Method

  1. Tip the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl, then stir together with a wooden spoon (or pulse in a food processor until well combined). Add the flour and mix to a firm dough. Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in clingfilm. Chill for 20-30 mins. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of two £1 coins. Cut out Christmassy shapes (use a cutter if you like) and place on the baking sheets. Using the tip of a skewer, cut a small hole in the top of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 mins until lightly golden.
  3. Lift the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cold water to make a thick, but still runny icing. Colour with edible food colouring, if you like. Spread it over the cooled biscuits, decorate with edible balls and thread with ribbon when dry.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2005

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jennymon999's picture
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We have just made these cookies and they are yummy. We made half the amount with the whole egg yolk and they turned out great! We have made just over 30 toddler sized cookies with half the mix. All my little boy can say is 'can I have another one?' and we haven't even decorated them yet!

acol37's picture
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I am not an experienced baker, but found this cookie recipe easy and instantly adaptable. (I streaked the biscuits with melted white chocolate instead of icing and added decorations to that.) I took the advice of a previous cook and used the whole egg, not just the yolk, and this helped bind the dough. By the way, I also used a Magimix and the dough was perfect. Another good tip from above: roll out under cling film on a good, floured board and it will not stick.

Also, by making the first tray of biscuits less thick, I managed to get about 40 cookies out of these measurements. The thin ones look nice, but the fatter ones are more fun to eat. (Don't put them too close together, as they expand even in the short cooking time!)

naidebig's picture
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I accidently melted butter in microwave so my mixutre was certainly not dry. But the cookies turned out fab and made wonderful gifts for everyones teacher for chrissie. Love it, will be making another batch for sure.

cdwyer25's picture
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These were a dream to bake. Were so easy and taste wonderful. Has to be the best cookie recipe I ever tried. Will say the dough is a little sticky so my tip is to chill for 1 hour and roll out between 2 sheets of cling film. I had no trouble with it what so ever. Will be making these for the end of term this year for the kids to take and share with their friends.

apoleena's picture
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These were absolutely delicious. I tried these with a buttery margarine....the dough was flaky but when chilled was manageable. rolled and cut them out on wax paper. Decorated with m&ms and colored icing....a real treat :) Disappeared in office in no time at all. Thanks for the recipe! it is a definite keeper!

kirstin1977's picture
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The yolk wasn't sticking the dough together at all, so I added the egg white to the mixture - much better! The biscuits actually took about 35-40 mintes to bake, but they turned out really well. These biscuits are so easy make and I'm definitely going to make another batch soon.

bex1988's picture
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very tasty, i added some milk to the dough as it was difficult to handle

cookielover1998's picture

very easy to make i also agree with the water and milk i used them as a treate when santa comes

saprina's picture
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Bit too buttery for me

mariapurcell's picture
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Yum yum yum, these were easy to make and delicious...there are none left to give for presents, will have to make another batch! :)

clairem1308's picture
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My three year old myself and my husband all enjoyed making and decorating these together, I'm sure they will bocome a regular thing in our house. I did find the dough to be slightly more crumbly than expected but I just added more flour :)

Annie M's picture

Very tasty biscuits and simple to make. Dough came together really well in the food processor without adding extra liquid. I rolled it out between two pieces of cling film which avoided a sticky rolling pin.

ilovefoodsomuch's picture
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yummy

mrsvandicamp's picture
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Great cookies made them for my daughters 1st birthday party as party favours. I would agree with previous comments about milk/water though the pastry is very flaky without and also keep a close eye on them in the oven the burn very easily other than that they were a great success x

guineapiggirl's picture
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These made lovely Christmas treats for my work friends. One problem was making of the dough - you need to add a little milk or water before chilling it or the dough won't stick together very well. Water worked great for mine.

sandien's picture

These biscuit are really nice and easy to make. I make them
to take to work as a treat for everyone as soon as I put them
down they are gone.

hanweiling's picture

I found the dough far too flaky, couldn't get it to be firm so had to add some milk...also put some nutmeg in the mix and then pieces of crystallized ginger on top of the icing.

hanweiling's picture

I found the dough far too flaky, 'get it to be firm so had to add some milk...also put some nutmeg in the mix and then pieces of crystallized ginger on top of the icing.

jonbosustow's picture
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Really easy and tasted lovely. Making lots as stocking fillers and putting them in pretty bags with ribbons and tissue paper!

jodie209's picture

As a first time cook i found this quite easy and fun! and they taste yummy too! only thing i found is i had far too much icing left over!

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