At Christmas time, simplicity is key to the kind of happiness that comes from staying on top of everything. I also happen to think that cookies are another key to happiness. That’s why this Christmas cookies recipe, based on one I found at BBC Food, is great for baking festive treats at short notice. Plus, decorating them is fun and easy and my grandchildren love to help out. If you’re looking for an easy Christmas recipe that’s quick to prepare, uses simple ingredients and is popular with all the family why not have a go?
100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
100g/3½oz caster sugar
1 free-range egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
275g/10oz plain flour
400g/14oz icing sugar
3-4 tbsp water
Black Writing Icing
Mini Chocolate Beans
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale, light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined.
Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in. Using biscuit cutters or a glass, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture.