We made Gingerbread Men for the Late Late Toy Show a few weeks ago - I was all set to make another spiced batch but when I was browsing Pinterest, I saw loads of delicious looking iced sugar cookies so decided to go for those instead. I adapted a few different recipes and converted the measurements to grams, this recipe makes about 30 cookies depending on size. The dough will need to chill for at least 2 hours, so plan ahead.
150g Butter (I used Stork)
200g Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs (room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
400g Flour (plus extra for rolling)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 Mixing Bowls
Cookie Cutters (Dealz and Homestore + More have Christmas ones)
1. Get 2 mixing bowls. In one, put the butter and sugar. In the other, put the flour, baking powder and salt.
2. Cream the Butter and Sugar (whisk or beat until it resembles cream), add the vanilla and eggs.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring in one bit at a time. Mix until it comes together in a ball.
4. Split the mixture in half, and wrap in cling film. Put in the fridge for at least 2 hours, dough will keep for a week, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.
5. Preheat oven to 200c/400f/Gas 6. Roll dough out on a floured surface and use cutters to make shapes.
6. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking tray and put in the oven. Check after 10 minutes - remove when they're just starting to go brown around the edges. Some of mine are about 2 minutes overdone.
7. Decorate! I used a few drops of colouring, a few spoons of royal icing powder and a tablespoon of water to make green icing, and made another small bit in a mug without colouring. You could use ready-made frosting or melted chocolate. Add sprinkles.
8. Eat them before they're robbed on you! They'll keep in an airtight container for a few days.