There is a lot you can do at Christmas which doesn’t take a lot of time but can give a great result and make you seem like the Don of the kitchen! This recipe is for very simple vanilla biscuits, which you can make into festive themed treats with the right kit. Even pound shops now stock cookie cutters for special occasions so it doesn’t have to cost a lot.
For 12-14 biscuits you will need:
- 150g softened unsalted butter, left out of the fridge for an hour
- 70g golden caster sugar
- One egg yolk
- 150g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar, or a white icing pen
- Decorating things, like choc chips, silver balls or anything that takes your fancy
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
In a large bowl, mix the sugar and butter with an electric whisk until well combined. Add the vanilla and egg yolk and mix again. Sift the flour over the mixture and combine well with your hands.
Using plenty of flour on your work surface and rolling pin, roll out the dough until it’s roughly 5mm thick.
Cut out using festival shapes (Christmas tree and snowmen shapes are in lots of shops but you can do anything really, we sometimes even cut out Tardis and Dalek shapes!) Place carefully on your oven tray and bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly golden. Then cool on a wire rack.
If making your own icing, mix the icing sugar with a very small amount of water until you can just about stir it with a spoon. Put into a piping bag with a very small nozzle. Or just buy a white icing pen!
Use this to make faces or decorations. You can then use it as a glue for sticking on buttons or baubles, whatever special decorations you have. The icing will only take 10-15 minutes to harden.