It's taken me a while to get in the Christmas baking spirit this year. But it is time and I thought I would start off with a family favorite. These delicious festive Sugar Cookies have been a tradition in our house for many years now and are a great project to do with the kids.
170g / 6oz sugar
170g / 6oz butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
400g / 14oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Coloured Cookie Dough for Decoration
55g / 2oz butter
55g / 2oz icing sugar
170g / 6oz plain flour
6 tblspoons milk
green, red and yellow food colouring
In a large bowl, combine sugar, butter vanilla and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder and salt; mix until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
While the Cookie Dough is in the refrigerator, in a small bowl, combine icing sugar and butter and mix well. Add flour and milk and mix until blended. Dough will need to be thin enough to be piped with a decorators bag so if it is too thick add a bit more milk. Seperate dough and colour 1/2 of the dough green, 1/4 of the dough red and 1/4 of the dough yellow. Spoon coloured dough into decorators bags fitted with a round piping nozzle. I've used tip number 3 for mine. If you don't have decorators bags you can use a resealable sandwhich bag and just snip a small hole in the tip to pipe the dough.
Heat oven to 175C /350F / Gas Mark 4
Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8" thick. Cut with Tree Cookie Cutters. Decorate with Coloured Cookie Dough. Bake until Cookies start to turn lightly Golden. I was using a large cookie cutter and this took about 10 - 12 minutes for mine. For smaller cookies it may take less time. I would suggest you start to check them after 7 minutes.