Best Cookies-For the Holidays

The holidays is a special time of the year. It is a time for some of us to celebrate with our families and it is a sad time for some who don’t have a family to celebrate. It is a time when you get to do all kind of special cooking to show off to your family your specialties. It could be your appetizers, the main meal, or even your deserts.

You put a lot of time and energy into preparing for all of your guest and you want to make sure that everything is right. There are some guest who may have health issues they have to consider when it comes to eating and this is where your specialty comes in. But for those who don’t have that concern to worry about you will have the best cookies for them to enjoy for the holiday season.

Here is a recipe for the best cookies that you can have at your holiday gathering.

Vanilla & cinnamon shortbread stars


250g butter, at room temperature

125g (3/4 cup) icing sugar mixture

2 tsp vanilla extract

300g (2 cups) plain flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

60g (1/4 cup) raw sugar

Step 1

Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Use an electric beater to beat together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy.

Step 2

Stir in the flour and cinnamon until the dough comes together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Shape into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to rest.

Step 3

Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper until 5mm thick. Use a 5cm-diameter star-shaped pastry cutter to cut 65 stars from the dough. Place on lined trays. Place trays in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill.

Step 4

Sprinkle biscuits with sugar and bake, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Set aside on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

**Prep: 20 minutes (+ 15 minutes resting, 15 minutes chilling &; 5 minutes standing time) these biscuits can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.

This recipe is one that all remember from one holiday to the next. It will always be one that everyone talks about  because you showcased your best cookies for the holidays. Add something new and different for your holiday gatherings and give everybody something to talk about!

Happy Baking!

Ann Moses

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