Christmas Butter Cookies
|Flour||12 Ounce (375 Grams)|
|Baking powder||2 Teaspoon|
|Butter||8 Ounce, cut into pieces (250 Grams)|
|Caster sugar||7 Ounce (220 Grams)|
|Vanilla essence||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Finely grated lemon rind||1 Teaspoon|
|Egg white||1 , lightly beaten (To Brush)|
|Sugar/Colored sugar||1 Tablespoon (To Decorate)|
|Assorted cookie decorations||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Rub in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in center of mixture.
2. Beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and lemon rind, add to flour mixture and mix to make a soft dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface and cut into 4 pieces. Wrap each in plastic food wrap and chill for 3 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Roll out one piece of dough at a time to 5 mm / 1/4 in thick and cut into desired shapes. Brush shapes with egg white. Decorate cookies as desired.
4. Arrange cookies on lightly greased and floured baking trays and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are firm and edges are golden. Cool on wire racks.