Make the most of the festive season to bake Christmas Cookies for your loved ones. These cookies will hold their shape perfectly when baked so great for shaping and decorating. If royal icing isn't for you, simply use store bought colored writing gel instead!
1 cup softened butter
1 cup caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups plain flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1. Preheat Oven to 180°C / 350°F (160°C fan). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy and white. Add egg and vanilla, beat until completely combined. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
3. Dust work surface with flour, scrape dough out of bowl. Pat together then cut in half, then shape into 2 discs. Roll out, sprinkling with flour under and over the dough so it doesn't stick.
4. Use shapes to cut out cookies and transfer to lined trays. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating trays halfway, until the edges are just beginning to turn light golden.
Cool completely before taking out of trays to decorate!
Did you know that plain Christmas cookies freeze well up to 3 months? So a great one to prep ahead of the Christmas madness before decorating! Simply lay between sheets of parchment paper in a freezer-friendly container and thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.