For the cookie dough
- 3 cups all purpose flour, plus a sprinkle for your kitchen bench
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter, softened (roughly 2 sticks)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp milk
For the buttercream frosting
- 1 cup butter, softened (roughly another 2 sticks)
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 salt
- Food colouring
Well ladies and gentlemen, Christmas is just around the corner (where did the year go?!) and we all know what that means! It's Christmas cookie time.
From a colourfully decorated tree to a sparkling snowflake, the cookies you bake are less about the finished product (although we won't say no to devouring one or ten) but the memories you make so get your little elves off the couch and into the kitchen!
Whether you need some cookies to eat while watching Carols By Candlelight, to leave out for Santa when he comes, or as the breakfast of champions on Christmas morning, follow our simple and easy recipe for the ultimate little sweet treats that are bound to make this Christmas a little more magical.
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
2. In another large bowl, beat the butter (show it who's boss) and sugar until fluffy and pale in colour. Add the egg, milk and vanilla and beat them until combined. Then add the flour mixture gradually until everything's totally combined.
3. Shape into a circle and wrap in plastic before placing in the fridge for an hour.
4. When it's ready to (rock &) roll, preheat the oven to 180°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Lightly flour your kitchen bench and roll out the dough until it's as thick as you want your cookies to be.
5. Using our range of festive cookie cutters, cut out the shapes and transfer them to the already prepared baking tray. Freeze them for 10 minutes so that they retain their shape while baking instead of turning into sweet, sugary blobs of mess (would 100% still eat them though).
6. It's time to make the frosting! In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the butter until it's smooth, then add the powdered sugar and beat until there are absolutely no lumps. Add the cream, almond extract, and salt and you guessed it, beat it until it's well combined.
7. Bake the cookies until the edges are lightly golden which should be roughly 8-10 minutes.
8. Let them cool before decorating and enjoy!