|And my son bites his fav character..|
As one cannot imagine Diwali without sweets, same way one cannot imagine Christmas without cookies. They are seamlessly linked with each other. A mere mention of cookies not only fills up the house with mouthwatering aromas during winter but also attracts friends and relatives alike towards the kitchen where they try to taste the cookies freshly baked from the oven.
This lights up the Christmas spirit with merriment spread across from children to elderly. Please excuse me for the not so good pictures of these cookies as I took these photos last year !!
2 cups All purpose flour
3/4 cup unsalted Butter, room temperature
2 Eggs, room temp
1 cup Sugar, powdered
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp Milk (if needed)
In a bowl sift flour baking powder and salt. Using an electrical mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed till you get creamy texture. Add vanilla extract and beat again for a second. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Add dry ingredients and mix well until a smooth dough forms (if it is tight then add milk). Divide the dough into two portions and wrap with a cling film. Refrigerate for an hour. Remove one portion of the chilled dough and before you start place a clean parchament sheet (this will not allow the dough to stick). Now roll the dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch. You can easily make them thinner but remember if the dough is too thin they could crack while baking. Press different cookie cutters and remove excess and put it back in pile.
Preheat oven to 300 Degrees Celsius and line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Make atleast 12-14 cookies depending on the size you have choosen and then re-roll the excess dough and repeat the process. Now go wild with your imagination and you can sprinkle some sparkling sugar on unbaked cookies. And bake these for 12-14 (depends on the thickness of cookies) minutes or until you notice the edges of cookies very light brown.
Cool them completely. Now you can decorate few cookies with Colored Sugar and Corn Syrup which I followed from here. The point you should remember is that before you store these cookies in an air tight container allow the frosting to harden. Last year also I made some 40-50 of these beautiful looking cookies and distributed among our close family friends. One of the little boy called me up to say "I don't have a heart to eat such beauties, so can I have some plain ones please ;-)".....
Also to Siri's event where she is celebrating first anniversary of her blog