Glitzy Christmas cookies are so simple to make, transforming a basic buttery biscuit dough with a touch of festive cinnamon and lots of decoration. They're beautiful as a gift for friends and family, or hung from the tree to add an extra touch of sparkle - once baked, simply ice, and then dust on edible glitter and silver balls to give them a little extra razzle dazzle!
- 100g butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- ½tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
- 225g plain flour
- ¼tsp baking powder
- 300g royal icing sugar
- Coloured sugars, silver balls, edible silver food spray, to decorate
Using an electric hand whisk, beat the butter and sugar until pale. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk again. Sift in the cinnamon, flour and baking powder, and mix in with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. Chill for 30 mins.
Heat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out whatever shapes you like using a cookie cutters, re-rolling any off-cuts. Put on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 10 mins until pale golden. Cool for 2 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Mix icing sugar with enough boiling water to form a thick, but easily spreadable paste. Put into a piping bag fited with a small circular nozzle and pipe outlines or designs onto biscuits, then scatter over any other decorations. For an easier option, make up the icing as before, adding extra water so you have a brushable paste. Brush over the biscuits, then sprinkle with decorations of your choice. Leave to dry out for at least 2 hrs, before storing in an airtight container.
Top tip for making Glitzy Christmas cookies
To hang on the tree, make a small hole near to the top of each cookie with a drinking straw before baking.