Christmas Sugar Cookies

So earlier this year Bella mentioned to me about making ‘sugar cookies’, something that I have never made before… in fact, I have never tasted sugar cookies before either!

I have to say the outcome was impressive! They were very quick and easy to make and I will definitely be doing them again.

One lot of cookie dough mixture resulted in around 50 cookies! I would say the overall mixing and baking time took about 30-45 minutes.

I am going to share the recipe and method below!

Ingredients:

  • Plain Flour (2 and 3/4 cups)
  • Sugar (1 and 1/2 cups)
  • Butter (1 cup)
  • Baking powder (1 teaspoon)
  • Bicarbonate of soda (1 teaspoon)
  • Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
  • One Egg
  • Sprinkles and icing sugar to decorate is optional

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.

Mix together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl. Then take a separate bowl and mix the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and the egg together.

We melted our butter in the microwave until it was a liquid, however, softened butter is perfectly fine to mix.

Once you have done this, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture, mixing it in as you go. One the mixture starts to become too thick to stir with the whisk it is time to get your hands dirty!

Put your hands in the bowl and knead the mixture until it is a nice doughy texture and all of the flour has been mixed in.


Time to get your trays ready! Grease two or three baking trays by rubbing butter over them to ensure that your cookies will not stick to the tray whilst baking.

Once they are ready, make small dough balls out of the mixture and spread them evenly across the tray. Remember, you are going to flatten the cookies out and they may expand a little when they are in the oven.
In reality, the dough balls were around the width of a ten pence coin and about 2cm in height. You can make smaller or bigger cookies if you wish, but make sure to leave space in between them ready for our next step!

Now it is time to press down the dough balls! To do this you will need a glass with a flat bottom.
Take the bottom of the glass and rub it with butter, then press the glass into a bowl of sugar so that it all sticks to the glass.

Now you can use the bottom of the glass to press down on the dough balls to flatten them! Be sure to re-sugar coat your glass for each ball, however, you should not need to re-butter the glass as often.

You can leave your cookies thick or press them thin! Personally I think thin is better!

Once you have pressed all of the dough balls, you can place your trays in the oven. They typically take 8-10 mins to bake so be sure to watch them. Thicker cookies may take a little longer.
For one of my trays, I left them in for around 15 minutes so that they would go crunchy. The other trays came out nice and soft.

You can ice and decorate the cookies if you wish, but they are just as delicious the way that they are!

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