Christmas time – have some fun with cookies

Christmas cookie recipes are really fun to share! Not only can you get some good Christmas cookie recipes from books, magazines and sites but also from friends and family members who you know are crazy about baking.
So this Christmas not only make some of your favourite cookies, but also some really different ones like Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies, Crunchy Peanut Cookies and Honeyed Fig and Walnut Cookies.
For the easiest and the most festive delight, follow this recipe: Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a baking tray. In a bowl mix together 2 cups refined flour, a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon baking powder and set aside. In another bowl beat together ½ cup butter and ¾ cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg and1 teaspoon vanilla essence and beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix to make a smooth dough. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll to a thickness of a quarter inch. Cut the cookies into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place them on the baking tray keeping a little distance between each. Bake the cookies for ten minutes or until browned around the edges. Take the tray out of the oven and set aside to cool.
To make the icing, sieve 1 cup icing sugar. Cream ½ cup butter till soft in a bowl. Add icing sugar a little at a time and beat. Add ½ teaspoon vanilla essence and continue beating till light and fluffy. Decorate the cookies with the icing and glaze them with jam.
Christmas cookie recipes are best written down and stored for posterity once you have hit upon the perfect working recipe for you. Cookies not only make any time snacks but also make a fantastic post meal event with some coffee.

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