This recipe makes about 40 star shaped Christmas cookies.
|I couldn't resist adding some Christmassy swirling stars to the photo!|
- 180g caster or light brown sugar
- 4 tbsp. golden syrup
- 100g butter
- 4 tsp. spices - I used a combination of mixed spice and cinnamon
- 350g plain flour
- Half tsp. bicarbonate of soda
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 large orange - zest for the mix, juice held back for the icing
- Icing sugar - I play this one by ear and use very little really
- Heat the sugar, golden syrup and butter in a heavy based saucepan on a medium heat, until melted.
- Sieve the flour and spices into a large bowl and then make a well in the centre.
- Dissolve the bicarb. in a half teaspoon of water and pour this, along with the sugar mixture and the egg into the flour.
- Add the orange zest next. Mix and allow the cookie dough to form a ball, which will be quite tough and a little flaky.
- Leave to chill in the fridge for at least one hour, wrapped in cling film.
- Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees C/170 fan/gas mark 5.
- Dust a little flour onto your work surface, knead gently and roll the dough out thinly, to less than 1 cm thick, and then use a cookie cutter to cut out your biscuits.
- Bake on a non-stick baking tray for 12 - 15 minutes, until the cookies have just slightly darkened in appearance.
- Cool on a wire rack and within 30 minutes you can begin icing!
- I simply use a small shake of icing, say 100g, and add a few teaspoons of freshly squeezed O.J. to make a nice thickish icing. I then scoop it into an icing bag and decorate away to my heart's content! I also sometimes add a few glittery extra bits and pieces such as silver sugar balls etc. Go on, go mad!
And when the madness concludes, grab a cup/glass of your favourite hot beverage, choose a cookie (or two, or three...) and tuck in!
And now for some of this season's festive photos - it really is the most wonderful time of the year!
|Citrus-spiced Christmas cookies|
|Santa and his reindeer|
|It's always a star to crown the tree chez nous|