Lisa’s Christmas Eve cookies

Friday, 20th December 2019

Looking for ideas to keep you busy on a wintery weekend? Be creative with a bit of home baking and you can eat the delicious results too!

This recipe is a favourite with Lisa Hogan from our Communications Team. She’s planning to make them with her daughter Alex to leave out for Santa. Can’t wait till then? Make them well ahead of the big day to share with friends and family, pack them as presents or even hang them on your Christmas tree. They’re also perfect for dipping in hot chocolate.

100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room
100g/3½oz caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
275g/10oz plain flour

To decorate
400g/14oz icing sugar
3-4 tbsp water
2-3 drops food colouring if desired
Edible silver balls
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale, light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm. Using cookie cutters or a glass, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray. If you want to make into Christmas tree decorations, make a hole in the top of the biscuit using a straw.

Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.

For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring. Spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife and decorate with your silver balls. Set aside until the icing hardens. Tie ribbon or string through the hole if you want to hang your cookies on your tree.

Take a photo of your festive baking and ask an adult to share with us on Facebook using the hashtag #KarbonKids. We’d love to see your designs.