Christmas brings about the spirit of giving. It is not only a celebration of the birth of Jesus, but the demonstration of God’s giving spirit. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
In the midst of this festive season, we have decided to give something home-baked to our friends. The idea of a Christmas Tree Cookie came about from a recent high tea visit with my friend. It is simple and yet pretty. The recipe below came from Exclusively Food, which I have tried several times and loved.
220 grams of softened butter
80 grams of icing sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
300 grams of plain flour
About 2 teaspoons of plain flour (to flour the cutters)
1 packet of Queen Royal Icing
1. Beat butter, icing sugar and vanilla together until mixture is creamy.
2. Using a spoon or electric mixer/beaters on very low speed, incorporate the flour into the butter. mixture (don’t over-mix the dough). It is normal for the dough to be soft.
3. Cover dough with cling wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Celsius fan-forced).
5. Take half of the dough out from the fridge and form a round ball.
6. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll it out to a thickness of 6mm.
7. Flour the cutters and cut it out into desired shape.
8. Bake cookies until they are a light golden colour on the edges. The baking time required will be influenced by the size of the cutter used. The Christmas Tree Cookies were baked for 15 minutes.
9. Cool cooked cookies on tray for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
10. Decorate the cookies as desired with royal icing. I used a packet of Queen Royal Icing (330 grams of icing and 50 grams of water).
I doubled the recipe and made about 60 cookies. It was a fun gift and well suited for the season. Hope you have sorted out all your Christmas presents and baking. Enjoy this wonderful season!