Decorated Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Recipe submitted by Wifey on August 14th, 2008

This is a great plain vanilla cookie recipe that I have been using for years. Not everyone likes gingerbread cookies and this recipe is super easy, creating perfect cookies every time! Can be used to create bunny cookies for Easter or heart cookies for Valentines. Undecorated Christmas cookies can be stored in an air tight container for a couple of weeks, until ready to decorate.

Prep time:   45 minutes
Cook time:   15 minutes
Servings:   depends on cookie cutter

125g Butter
1 cup Caster Sugar
1 Egg
2 teaspoons Milk
1 cup Plain White Flour
1 1/2 cups Self-raising White Flour
1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Icing sugar, food colouring, and candy decorations to decorate.

1. Cream butter, essence and sugar using an electric mixer. The mixture should be light and fluffy. Beat in egg and milk. Sift in flour and stir to combine.

2. Turn out on to a floured surface and knead dough until firm and well combined ball. Cover and refrigerate for half an hour.

3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Roll out dough on a floured surface until 5mm thick. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Place shapes on a oven tray covered with baking paper. Bake for approximately 12 to15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool before decorating.

See my "Gingerbread Men" recipe for a simple icing recipe.

Average Rating:   (12 votes)

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    • sian posted on December 2nd, 2018
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      I loved it

    • Happy2Day8 posted on October 7th, 2014
      Overall Rating: 5.0 / 10

      They taste delicious but they turn out a total disaster with hokey-pokey.
      All of the dough mushes together in the oven and it ends up looking like a pizza!

    • Aunty posted on December 4th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      These are fail proof, I make them all year round and you can add what you like to them, sometimes I add chopped walnuts and they taste so yummy. Its honestly the best recipe ever, you can also use different size star cutters and build a xmas tree :D

    • Ciara posted on December 11th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      This recipe is so easy. So glad i found it

    • Steph posted on December 6th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Brilliant recipe! I added a tablespoon of cocoa to make them chocolate flavoured and they turned out great. Then I decorated upside down gingerbread men into reindeer, using white icing with choc drops for eyes and a Jaffa for the nose. Will be definitely using again.

    • christine1 posted on September 26th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      These look Amazing I must make some 3months to Christmas countdown :)

    • holidayLOVER posted on December 9th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Hi Jen, you just need to add a little water. Make sure you only add it a tablespoon at a time until the mixture just comes together. I use this recipe and it works.

    • Jen posted on December 8th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 4.0 / 10

      Mine came out really crumbly and couldn't be rolled out. Not sure why as I followed the recipe.

    • holidayLOVER posted on October 1st, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Made these last week with my daughter and they turned out fantastic! Really simple recipe to follow and superb result. Perfect for using cookie cutters on. I will be using this recipe for many years to come.

    • suzie posted on February 13th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Great recipe! perfect for any cookie cutter biscuits!

    • cameocreams posted on November 22nd, 2009
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Great recipe! Just made mine and iced them :) yum

    • Tina posted on October 28th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Just the recipe I was after. Baked cookies with my daughter today- we both loved them! Will be making plenty more!! :)