It’s only one week until Christmas and so today I’m going to share with you a classic recipe good for the holidays and that you can make with your family, especially with the help of your children!
The Christmas cookies are one of the most delicious and beautiful DYI decorations: all you need is some shortcrust pastry, a touch of icing and a ribbon to hang them wherever you like.
Here are the ingredients you need to make the shortcrust pastry:
500 gr. ’00’ flour
125 gr. of butter
8 gr. baking powder
1 pinch of salt
125gr. caster sugar
15 gr. cocoa powder
250 gr. wildflower honey
15 gr. of ground spices (star anise, cinnamon, mace, cardamom, ginger, cloves …)
…for the icing:
1 egg white
200 gr. icing sugar
…give free rein to your imagination! Anything like meringues, chocolate, sugar, dried fruit, dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, candy will work!
In a saucepan melt the butter, sugar, honey and ground spices over low heat. When the sugar is completely melted add the sifted cocoa and let cool before adding the egg and mix well. In a large bowl put the sifted flour, the baking powder and salt. Once the mixture has cooled, it is ready to be added to the flour. Knead until the dough is very smooth, wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 8 mm and with the help of the molds make the biscuits.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 15 minutes.
Icing:Prepare the frosting by mounting the egg whites until stiff; incorporate the sugar, a full spoon at a time, and with a whisk at the same. Now let’s start decorating…
With a bit of imagination you can give life to a world of objects, and Christmas characters that will warm up your home.
These cookies are not only delicious, but you can also use them to decorate your Christmas tree. Just make a little hole on top of the cookies and pass a colored thread and…your frosted cookies are ready to hang!
You can also use the cookies as placeholders…your guests will love them!