Abbey Bakes: Christmas Cookies

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Is it EVER too early to start thinking about Christmas? If you're on social media you'll know that the answer is a resounding no! The second the clock struck midnight for November 1st, there have been discussions of Christmas decorations, present buying, and what everyone's having for that all-important Christmas dinner! I'm not gonna lie, I am pretty excited to press play on my favourite Christmas film (Elf - obviously) this year, so to get me feeling even more festive, I decided to whip up a batch of Christmas sugar cookies! My cookies are very loosely based on this American recipe, but I've adapted the amounts a little and converted the measurements into grams for my fellow Brits. Shall we get started?

You will need:

  • 165g butter
  • 220g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 310g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 

Method:

Step One: Preheat your oven to 180°C. Cream the butter and sugar by smooshing them together with the back of a wooden spoon. (Smooshing = excellent professional baking terminology, I KNOW).
  
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Step Two: Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract, followed by the flour. Use a wooden spoon at the beginning but switch to your hands as the mixture starts to form into a ball towards the end.

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Step Three: Roll out small amounts of the mixture on your work surface to about ½ an inch thick at most. The mixture will be VERY STICKY (well, mine was), so make sure you put down plenty of flour on your work surface and put some flour on your rolling pin too to prevent the mixture from becoming stuck. Once you've rolled out the dough, use cookie cutters of your choice to cut out the shapes. I used a combination of snowflake shaped cutters and regular circular ones.

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Step Four: Place your cookies onto a baking tray. You should either grease the tray with a little more butter to ensure that they do not stick, or just use greaseproof paper. I opted for the latter and had no problems removing the cookies from the tray.

Step Five: By now, your oven should have reached the required 180°C, so pop your cookies in for 6-8 minutes until they go slightly golden around the edges. Once cooked, leave them to cool on the tray for a few minutes before taking them off and placing them onto a plate or cooling rack.

Decorating

Now, your cookies will taste absolutely delicious without any topping, and you could simply sprinkle over some icing sugar before serving if you like. However, if you want to up your cookie decorating game for the festive season, you can pick up a set of colourful writing icing and bring your cookies to life as snowflakes! This is a really simple but effective way of jazzing them up!

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However, if you REALLY want to go all out, why not turn a circular cookie into a melting snowman, just like Frosty here? To create Frosty's snowman body, I stuck two marshmallows on top of each other and poured melted white chocolate over the top. I added two chocolate chips for his eyes and attempted to form his nose (albeit a bit unsuccessfully) using the same writing icing I used for the snowflakes. His arms are actually pretzel sticks which I trimmed down to be the right size and shape! Frosty was a lot of fun to make, so if you've got a spare afternoon and want to embrace your inner child this Christmas, have a go at making a friend for him!

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What are your favourite Christmas sweet treats? Are you more of a Celebrations or Quality Street kind of person? Let me know in the comments below! If you decide to recreate my recipe, make sure you tweet me a photo so that I can check out your baking skills!

Until next time,

A x

*This is a collaborative post with Provident Personal Credit as part of their Crafty Christmas campaign. I was provided with a gift card to purchase the required products for this recipe.
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