‘Tis the Season for Sparking Christmas Cookies!

Slade are playing on the radio and there are Christmas markets popping up all over the place – it can only mean one thing. The Christmas season is upon us, and if you’re anything like us, that means drinking lots of mulled wine and eating more food in December than the last 11 months combined.

When it comes to Christmas food though, most people think of turkeys and Brussels sprouts. But our friends over at BBC Good Food have reclaimed Christmas food for the sweet-toothed. They’ve shared this recipe for delicious vanilla Christmas cookies that look so good you can hang them from your tree.


The recipe is super easy, and will take you just over 20 minutes in total. Plenty of time for a bit of Christmas carolling while you bake,or Fairytale of New York-ing if that’s more your bag.

All you’ll need is:

  • 140g sieved icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 250g butter, cut into small cubes
  • 375g sieved plain flour

To decorate:

  • 200g sieved icing sugar
  • Edible food colouring (optional)
  • Edible gold and silver balls
  • Approximately 2m thin ribbon cut into 10cm lengths


  • Tip the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl, then stir it all together with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the flour and mix it into a firm dough.
  • Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in Clingfilm.
  • Chill for 20-30 minutes, and heat your oven to 190C / fan 170C / gas mark 5 while you wait.
  • Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to roughly the thickness of a couple of £1 coins.
  • Cut out Christmassy shapes (use a cutter if you have one)
  • Place them on the baking trays and use a skewer to cut a small hole in the top of each cookie.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until they start to get golden.
  • Lift the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool, and while you wait mix icing sugar with a couple of drops of water to make a thick but still runny icing.
  • Spread the icing over the cooled biscuits, decorate them with some sparkly edible balls.
  • Pop some thread through the holes in the tops and hang them from your tree.

Voila! You have delicious treats to enjoy over a mulled wine or hot chocolate this festive season – enjoy!

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