It’s not quite December yet but I’m already feeling festive! I made a batch of these cookies this afternoon and they definitely got me in a Christmas-y kinda mood. These cookies are pretty simple to make and baking and icing them would be a great Christmas activity to do with kids over the holidays.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon almond essence
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or mixed spice)
1 Tablespoon milk
3 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
icing sugar for rolling dough
Cream butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add the egg, vanilla, almond essence, milk and spice to the mixture and beat well.
In a medium-sized bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
beat the flour mixture gradually into the butter mixture, beat until dough pulls away from the side of bowl.
Divide the dough in half, wrap in baking paper and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Remove one wrapped pack of dough from the refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with icing sugar and roll out dough (add a splash of milk to the dough if it is too stiff to roll out).
Cut the dough into Christmas shapes, either with cookie cutters or with a knife by hand. Place shapes on greased oven trays and bake at 180C for 7-9 minutes or until cookies are just starting to turn brown around the edges.
Let the cookies sit on the baking tray for about 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to a cooling rack.
Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.
Makes 35-40 cookies.