Hey everyone, It’s Caitlyn!
It’s that time of the year again where the Christmas baking commences and the gingerbread man and snow angel and Santa cookie cutters come out to play. This time last year I made these festive Christmas sugar cookies as part of my best friends christmas presents because each year I always bake the three of them some festive treats as who doesn’t love some home made treats at Christmas time. This then got me thinking why don’t I share the treats I make and the resultant outcome of my cookies and how I decorate them as I always love seeing pictures of people’s creations and the different colours and decorations used.
2.) First you want to grab a bowl and a spoon or a hand mixer and mix together your butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and the egg York. You can also use kitchen equipment such as a kitchen aid, basically anything that is going to mix your ingredients together and begin to cream together the mixture.
3.) Secondly you wanted to add your flour in a little bit at a time I tend to add mine in 3 lots and after each third has been added getting mixing.
4.) As a result of adding the flour this should have formed a dough and this means that it’s ready to chill so grab your cling film and place it in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
Meanwhile while you’re waiting for your dough to chill I always like to use this time to get all my cookie cutters out and everything that I am going to use and also line my baking trays with grease proof paper. This tends to kill a bit of time as I know it feels like 30 hours then minutes since you’re dying to cut your cookies. In this time you could also choose the decorations you are going to use to decorate or icing for your cookies.
5.) When your dough has chilled in the fridge you want to spread some flour on the surface and using a rolling pin, roll out your dough. Flour is essential because it works as a shield against the dough and the surface so the dough won’t stick to it.
6.) Finally you want to grab your cookie cutters and cut out your cookies. I opted for little gingerbread men and stars to fit the theme of Christmas but you can use any you like. Then you want place them on your baking trays and pop them into the oven for 10-12 mins until they’re golden brown. Keep checking them around 9-10 mins as they will burn quickly.
7.) When your cookies have finished baking, take them out of the oven and pop them onto a cooling wrack to cool.
While you’re waiting for them to cool I always find it so much fun to jam out to some Christmas tunes as it just makes it so much festive and fun!
8.) When your cookies are completely cooled it is time to ice them and decorate, I like to use white or red icing and a bit of glitter and some small decorations to them as they look so cute and festive!
9.) Finally it is time to either tuck in and share them or give them away as the perfect sweet treat and this is what I done and I wrapped them up in cellophane wrap and tied a ribbon around them for my girls. This is such a perfect gift to give to someone and you can really personalise them and make it so special. I would love to receive some sweet treats at Christmas time!!
Happy baking from me and enjoy the holidays!