I always do a ton of batches of these cute iced Christmas cookies – they’re such a fun thing to do to get you feeling festive and they make a lovely gift too. The best cut out Christmas cookies need a really good dough that won’t spread too much and ruin your shapes, and this one is just about perfect. I’ve added to my collection of cutters this year with these little shapes that allow you to hang your cookie onto your cup, but you could also just cut a little notch out of your shapes before you put them in the oven too. If you don’t have vanilla syrup (just the kind you put in coffee) just add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
The best cut out Christmas cookies
150g caster sugar
225g salted butter
1 tbsp vanilla syrup
400g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
For the icing:
200g icing sugar
A little boiling water to mix
Food colouring paste
Preheat the oven to gas 4/180 C.
Cream the sugar and butter until they’re really light and fluffy (if you’re doing this by hand, I suggest you let the butter come up to room temperature). Beat in the egg, a little at a time, then add the vanilla syrup.
Sieve together the flour and baking powder, then with the mixer on low, add them to the mixture and mix just until it comes together into a firm dough.
Flour the work surface and roll out the dough so it’s about 1/2 cm thick (thinner ones will be crisper, thicker will be more like shortbread), then cut out your festive shapes. Place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, and bake around 10 – 12 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool while you make up the icing: add just enough water to the icing sugar to make a very thick icing – be careful, it doesn’t take a lot! Pipe your patterns onto the cookies, then allow to set before serving. If you’re going to fill larger areas with icing, pipe around the shape first, then allow to set before filling in.
With regard to patterns, I think the simpler the better. I tried some Biscuiteers-style filled in designs and they’re really difficult! But do whatever you like, and of course add sprinkles and glitter – it’s Christmas, after all.
If you give these a go, do let me know – and definitely tag me in any of your instagram pictures! Have a lovely weekend x