• Serves: makes 20 cookies
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes + 30 minutes chilling
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

Cookies are a year round favourite but we’ve added a little festive joy to our biscuits in the form of cranberries, glitter and stars! They would make the perfect little handmade gift, especially when stacked and tied up in a big red bow! They’re really easy to make and taste great (especially with a hot cup of tea).

 

here's what you'll need...

  • 300g plain flour
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 2 table spoons of muscovado sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries (you can get them soaked in orange juice which tastes even better!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 block of butter
  • 1 tsp of mixed spice
  • 1 tsp of vanilla sugar
  • 4 tsp of sifted icing sugar
  • Assorted cookie shapes
  • Handful of flour to dust with

Christmas cookie ingredients

 

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set oven temp: 160C/gas mark 3

here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Preheat your oven to 160C (140C fan). Cut up your butter into tiny blocks then mix it into your flour, vanilla sugar and egg.

    instructional 1

  • 2

    Rub the butter into the flour (like you would a crumble base) then add the brown and muscovado sugar and cranberries.

    instructional 2

  • 3

    Mix really well then place onto a sheet of cling-film and cover tightly before placing into the fridge for 30 minutes to harden.

    instructional 4

  • 4

    In the meantime, if you’re going to decorate your cookies with icing sugar, sift it then slowly mix in a teaspoon of water until you get a gloopy paste that should look similar to glue.

    instructional 5

  • 5

    Half an hour later, take out your cookie dough and roll it out on a floured surface.

    instructional 3.5

  • 6

    Cut out your shapes and add them to a tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 10-15 minutes depending on the size and shape of your cookies. Keep a close eye on these because it’s really easy to burn them.

    instructional 7

  • 7

    To decorate, let your cookies cool then coat the top surface with the icing and sprinkle with your glitter..sorry, *cough* sprinkle with your manly glitter.

    instructional 9

  • 8

    Tie them up with a ribbon and you’re good to go!

    ta da 3

 

By Finn Christo on 06.12.13

Guest Contributor

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