I Decorated Christmas cookies They are delicious biscuits made from lightly spiced shortcrust pastry very simple to make, just a few ingredients, a little creativity and that’s it.
To prepare this recipe, get yourself some nice Christmas cookie cutters, of different shapes and sizes and have fun decorating them with your children who will be thrilled.
If you want to hang your cookies on the tree just out of the oven, create a small hole on the top with the help of a toothpick. When they are cold and solid, pass a ribbon inside.
The tradition of preparing and decorating Christmas biscuits was born in pre-Christian times, when it was used to prepare small sweet breads, with honey and dried fruit, toasted, so as to last a long time and brought as a gift to the Gods during pagan rites. with the advent of Christianity this tradition has remained, moving the time of preparation for Christmas, to be offered as a gift on December 25, to celebrate the birth of Christ.
In some countries of Northern Europe this tradition can be traced back to Santa Claus, also on December 25th, children in fact prepare their decorated biscuits and leave them together with a glass of milk or sometimes some liqueur for Santa Claus that will arrive in the night to bring i doi.
Preparation time: 50 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 65 minutes
For the dough
- 180 g Butter at room temperature
- 180 g Brown sugar
- 20 g Acacia honey
- Cinnamon powder
- Ginger powder
- 350 g Farina
- Vanillin for sweets
- Salt a pinch
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
For the royal icing
- 150 g Powdered sugar
- 1 Album
- Lemon a few drops
Per prepare the recipe for decorated Christmas cookies, in the bowl of the mixer, with the leaf hook, work the butter, sugar, honey, two teaspoons of cinnamon, a teaspoon of ginger and salt.
Add the eggs once and work until they are absorbed. Add the sifted flour with the vanilla and knead the dough until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous.
Form a dough, flatten it slightly and wrap it in cling film. Let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
With a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a pastry board with a little flour or, if you prefer, on a sheet of parchment paper and make your shapes with the cookie cutters. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a pastry board with a little flour or, if you prefer, on a sheet of parchment paper and make your shapes with the cookie cutters. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
For the royal icing
In a bowl, with the electric whisk, work the egg whites; when it is whipped, add the icing sugar and lemon juice a little at a time.
Decorate the cookies as you like using a pastry bag or parchment paper cones. If you want you can enrich the decoration with sugar beads, glitter and whatever you like best.