Decorated Christmas Cookies

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Decorated Christmas Cookies
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Difficulty:
moderate
Difficulty
Preparation:
1 hr 45 min.
Preparation
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Ingredients

for
30
For the star cookies
1 cup unsalted butter
½ cup caster sugar
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup Almond flour
½ cup Quince jam (jelly)
To decorate
1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon hot water
caster sugar
3 tablespoons Apricot Jam (jelly)
red, sparking Sugar crystal
2 cups powdered sugar (see note)
water
For the glove biscuits
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup caster sugar
1 egg (beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
How healthy are the main ingredients?
egg
Product recommendation

If you can't obtain royal icing sugar use the following: 450 g/ 4 1/2 cups icing (confectioners') sugar 5 tbsp meringue powder 1/2 tsp cream of tartar 3 tbsp water Mix together all the ingredients and beat well. Add more water until smooth and thick. Continue to beat until stiff.

Preparation steps

1.

For the star cookies: beat the butter in a mixing bowl until soft. Add the sugar, flour, and ground almonds and mix with your hands to form a dough.

2.
Knead the dough lightly until smooth. Wrap in cling film and chill for 1 hour.
3.

Heat the oven to 300°F. Line 2 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

4.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, about 1/4" thick. Cut into star shapes using a  2 1/2 "star-shaped cookie cutter and place half the stars on a baking tray.

5.

Using a 1" star-shaped cutter, cut out the middle of each of the remaining biscuit shapes. Place these onto a baking tray.

6.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden. Cool on the baking trays for a few minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
7.
Spread a teaspoon of jam onto the centre of the whole biscuits, then place the biscuits with the cut-outs on top and press together.
8.
To decorate: sift the icing sugar into a bowl and beat in just enough water to make a smooth coating icing.
9.
Spread the icing around the edges of the stars and sprinkle with sugar before the icing sets.
10.

For the glove biscuits: heat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

11.
Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until soft and creamy. Gradually beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour and mix to a dough.
12.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/2". Using a glove-shaped card template or cookie cutter, cut cookies out of the dough and place on the baking tray.

13.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until pale golden brown. Cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
14.
To decorate: brush the biscuits with the warmed jam, leaving the base plain. Sprinkle with red sparkling sugar crystals to completely cover the jam.
15.
Line a tray with non-stick baking paper. Make up the icing according to the packet instructions or see the note. Put the icing into a piping bag and pipe snowflake shapes onto the tray. Pipe vertical lines on the base of the biscuits. Leave to set, then carefully place the snowflakes on the biscuits.