This fun recipe for festive cookies is sure to be popular with the whole family!
For this recipe, you will need:
- 100g unsalted butter, softened
- 100g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 30g cornflour
- 300g plain flour
Beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla. Whisk in the cornflour and plain flour until the mixture comes together into a dough. Put the dough between two pieces of baking parchment and roll out to a 6mm thickness using a rolling pin.
Chill for 30 mins.
Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Peel the top layer of parchment off the dough and stamp out circles using a selection of festive cookie cutters. Re-roll any offcuts and continue stamping out cookies until all the dough is used. Transfer the cookies to a second large baking sheet lined with baking parchment, spacing them 2cm apart (you may need two sheets). Bake for 7-10 mins. Leave to cool on the sheet for 15 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
The cookies will keep in an airtight container for one week.
Have fun with decoration! You can use all sorts of decorations from sweet treats to more healthy options. A selection of small bowls for sprinkles, crushed cookies or nuts, coloured sugar or crushed sweets within easy reach makes it easy for your little one to get creative. Brightly coloured icing in piping bags are a great way to explore colour mixing with your child. Or, to limit some of the mess, icing pens purchased from the supermarket are a good alternative.
For a healthier alternative, a selection of dried fruits such as raisins, candied peel and cherries bring a lovely festive feel and flavour. Dust lightly with icing sugar or cinnamon for a true Christmas classic.