Sparkling vanilla Christmas cookies

Sparkling vanilla Christmas cookies

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins Plus chilling time

Easy

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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal233
  • fat11g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g
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Ingredients

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

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.

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hanweiling
16th Dec, 2008
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
14th Dec, 2008
5.05
Really easy and tasted lovely. Making lots as stocking fillers and putting them in pretty bags with ribbons and tissue paper!
jodie209
10th Dec, 2008
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!
kizwiz77
9th Dec, 2008
4.05
Delicious and very easy to make. The kids love them
browncow
12th Sep, 2008
Does anyone know how long these would last before going off in regard to making as christmas presents
hannah_81
10th Jan, 2008
4.05
These were lovely as a little Christmas present. Watch they don't burn though as they are still very light even when they're cooked.
glenystalbot
2nd Dec, 2007
3.05
Good recipe - dough a bit fiddly though.

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