Can you smell it? Mmm, these are spiced Christmas butter cookies freshly taken out from the oven…

 You can try baking these cookies with children. Santa has his little helpers, you deserve yours as well! This may be great fun for the whole family :-).

 

 

When cookies are already baked, cooled and decorated, thread a string through the holes and hang them close to a window to admire how the light is coming through the yellow stained glass windows.

When preparing these cookies we used low sugar dough because much sweetness will come from decoration ingredients such as: ‘windows’ from boiled sweets, designer icing or chocolate.

  • preparation: 30 – 60 min
  • baking: 10 – 30 min

 

For about 30 cookies depending on the size of cutters used

  • 150 g / 5,30 oz. / 0,33 lb. butter
  • 300 g / 10.6 oz. / 0,66 lb. plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons mixed spices
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt

You will also need: 

  • cookie cutters with Christmas motifs,
  • a paper house stencil if you don’t feel confident enough to shape a house using a knife only,
  • 15-20 yellow boiled sweets / hard candies, crushed,
  • 2 large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper on it (if you wish), we have put our cookies straight on a good quality baking sheet,
  • white designer icing in tube and chocolate – for decorations.

 

1. In food processor mix all the ingredients together briefly by pulsing until the dough resembles breadcrumbs. Mix for a little bit longer until the mixture comes together as a dough good enough for rolling.

2. Place the dough into a jar or bowl, cover and put into the fridge for minimum of 1 hour.

3. Take dough out of the fridge. Leave out for a few minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.   

5. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to a thickness of approx. 3 mm/ 01 in.

6. Use pastry cutters to make cookies. Using a smaller cutter or a small knife cut out the centre of each biscuit to remove a ‘window’.

7. Make a hole in every cookie for string to hang them on later. (You will thread a string through the holes, when cookies are already baked, cooled and decorated.).

8. Transfer the cookies to the baking tray and carefully fill each hole with a pile of crushed boiled colour sweets.

9. Bake for approx.15 minutes until golden-brown.

10. Cool for 10-15 minutes, then take the biscuits from the baking tray and cool completely on a wire or plate.

11. Once they are completely cool you can decorate them with designer icing or chocolate.

 

TIME:

  • preparation: 30 – 60 min
  • baking: 10 – 30 min

INGREDIENTS:

for about 30 cookies depending on the size of cutters used

  • 150 g / 5,30 oz. / 0,33 lb. butter
  • 300 g / 10.6 oz. / 0,66 lb. plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons mixed spices
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt

You will also need:

  • cookie cutters with Christmas motifs,
  • a paper house stencil if you don’t feel confident enough to shape a house using a knife only,
  • 15-20 yellow boiled sweets / hard candies, crushed,
  • 2 large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper on it (if you wish), we have put our cookies straight on a good quality baking sheet,
  • white designer icing in tube and chocolate – for decorations.

 METHOD:

1. In food processor mix all the ingredients together briefly by pulsing until the dough resembles breadcrumbs. Mix for a little bit longer until the mixture comes together as a dough good enough for rolling.

2. Place the dough into a jar or bowl, cover and put into the fridge for minimum of 1 hour.

3. Take dough out of the fridge. Leave out for a few minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.   

5. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to a thickness of approx. 3 mm/ 01 in.

6. Use pastry cutters to make cookies. Using a smaller cutter or a small knife cut out the centre of each biscuit to remove a ‘window’.

7. Make a hole in every cookie for string to hang them on later. (You will thread a string through the holes, when cookies are already baked, cooled and decorated.).

8. Transfer the cookies to the baking tray and carefully fill each hole with a pile of crushed boiled colour sweets.

9. Bake for approx.15 minutes until golden-brown.

10. Cool for 10-15 minutes, then take the biscuits from the baking tray and cool completely on a wire or plate.

11. Once they are completely cool you can decorate them with designer icing or chocolate.