Christmas light cookies

~20 cookies

Prep time: 20 plus 1-2hr chill time

Cook time: 18min

Decorating time: 10-15min plus 1hr for icing to harden

 

Ingredients:

  • 200 gram butter

  • 200g caster sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean (or some vanilla extract)

  • 2 eggs

  • 400g plain flour

  • teaspoon baking powder

  • pinch of salt

  • skittles 

  • 6 spoons of icing sugar

  • 2 spoons of milk 

  • vanilla 

  • writing icing

 

Instructions

Make the dough

  1. Make sure the butter is quite soft (you could put sliced butter for about 30sec on defrost setting in the microwave) and add to bowl. Mix the butter with electric mixer - I used the paddle attachment, but any is fine. Add the sugar, vanilla and pinch of salt and mix well together until the mixture is soft & creamy.

  2. Add in the eggs, mix well.

  3. Take bowl of the mixer and add 1/2 flour, and the baking powder through a sieve. Mix with wooden/plastic spoon. Add remaining flour through the sieve and mix until combined.

  4. Chill dough in a fridge for 1 -2 hours. 

 

 

Bake the cookies

  1. Once you are ready to bake the cookies, pre-heat oven to 170°C (fan).

  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  3. Unwrap dough and take a scoop at a time out of the bowl, roll into a little ball in your hands and flatten on the tray.

  4. Bake for 10 min. at 170C - if you want to shape the cookies into certain shapes (I wanted a specific circle size to fit in lunch boxes), shape your cookies with a cookie cutter

  5. Bake for another 5min, and transfer tray to cooling rack to cool down

Decorate cookies

  1. Once the cookies are fully cooled you can add icing to the cookies

  2. Mix 6 spoons of icing sugar with 2 spoons of milk and a little bit of vanilla. The mixture should be a thick fluid consistency. 

  3. Add icing over the cookie and let icing harden

  4. Once you are ready to finish your cookies, make little holes with a knife  to make space for the skittles. This allows them to stick well in the cookies. Add a little icing to your skittle, and put in the hole. I added 5 skittles (one of each colour) to the cookies.

  5. Make the wire with ready made writing icing

Please note that the cookies used in this recipe are the same as the ones in the melted snowman cookie recipe.  If you have some marshmallows at home, you could try one of those too?

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