That will probably surprise you (considering how often I bake), but I rarely prepare Christmas tree cookies. That’s probably because there are no small children around. They are the best companions, when it comes to decorating cookies.
I usually borrow my god daughters for this task And boy, isn’t that fun?! Flour is everywhere! Sugar candies, colorful icings and glitter cover every surface and yourself, because apparently frosting is better on your cheeks than on cookies. I know what you are probably thinking right now: – who cleans it all after the opus of our hard work is finally decorating the Christmas tree?
But it really is not a problem when you think about the amount of pure, unspoiled fun I have. I highly recommend preparing this recipe with kids.
If you don’t have any close by, no worries. Glitter and frosting are very effective in releasing your inner child.
This recipe is inspired by the BBC recipes and I haven’t found better vanilla cookies than those. Brits know their cookies, right? So, go ahead and have tons of fun while making them!
Christmas Tree Shortbreads
70g icing sugar, sieved
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
125g butter, cut into small cubes
200g plain flour, sieved
Icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk, soft butter and flour kneed in a bowl. Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in aluminum foil. Put into a freezer for 20-30 minutes . Pre-heat the oven to 190C.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of 0.5 cm. Cut out cookies (pick your favorite shapes; it should give you around 35-45 cookies, depending on the shape and sizes) and place on the baking sheets. Don’t forget to cut a small hole in the top of each cookie (skewer is a great tool to do that). Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies turn gold.
While one batch is in the oven, keep the rest of cut cookies and remaining dough in the fridge.
Cool on a wire rack. Decorate as your heart desires
That’s it folks. Enjoy!