Sparkling vanilla Christmas cookies

Sparkling vanilla Christmas cookies

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins Plus chilling time


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

  • uncooked dough only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal233
  • fat11g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 140g icing sugar, sieved
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 250g butter, cut into small cubes



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 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


  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 them. 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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22nd Dec, 2010
very tasty, i added some milk to the dough as it was difficult to handle
22nd Dec, 2010
very easy to make i also agree with the water and milk i used them as a treate when santa comes
20th Dec, 2010
Bit too buttery for me
8th Dec, 2010
Yum yum yum, these were easy to make and delicious...there are none left to give for presents, will have to make another batch! :)
28th Nov, 2010
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
4th Sep, 2009
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.
20th Jul, 2009
3rd Feb, 2009
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
24th Dec, 2008
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.
16th Dec, 2008
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.


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