Christmas cookie decorations

40 servings Prep: 15 mins, Cooking: 10 mins By Food24
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Ingredients (8)

220 g butter — softened
1/2 tsp vanilla — essence
1/2 cup castor sugar
2 cup flour — sifted
ICING:
1 cup icing sugar
lemon — juice only
edible decorative balls — silver
christmas ribbon to thread through cookies
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Method:

Preheat oven to 190°C.

To make the cookies
Place butter, vanilla and sugar into a bowl and beat together until creamy and pale in colour.
Add flour and salt and mix until a soft dough forms.
Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm enough to roll.
Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out thinly (1/2 cm in thickness).

Cut out cookies using Christmas cookie cutters and transfer onto a greased baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Remove from oven, pierce a small hole near the top of the cookie (using a tooth pick), and allow to cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing
Mix together the icing sugar with a squeeze of lemon juice until smooth, but still stiff enough to pipe.
Place icing in a small icing bag and pipe patterns onto cooled Christmas cookies.
Decorate using silver balls or any other appropriate edible decorations.
Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and use to decorate the Christmas tree.

Recipe reprinted with permission of Source Food.

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