Happy Christmas Eve,
Here is my recepie for the Vanilla Christrmas Biscuits.
200g Unsalted butter
200g Caster Sugar
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
400g Plain Flour
All at Room Temperature
Cream together the butter and caster until light and fluffy, add the egg and vanilla and continue beating. Slowly add the flour and mix in being careful not to over mix as this makes the biscuits tough!
Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes then remove, knead to take the chill off and roll out.
I find that I need to use my hands to bring the dough together once the flour is mixed in this also makes them lighter than beating the heck out of it using my electric mixer!
I got my mini cutters as a set in Aldi of all places in the summer, the gingerbread man shape along with the reindeer was from my favourite Chinese shop (our version of poundland I guess)
Once cut into the desired shape place them on a baking sheet and chill for 10 minutes before putting in a 160· oven for about 10 to 12 minutes (or in my case till they look done!)
Finally I ice some of them using simple Icing sugar, Cold water and food colouring, wrap in card bags with a ribbon and gift them out.
As I can´t send a pack to all my wonderful Followers, commenters and friends (the cost of sending food items through the post from here is seriously prohibitive!) I have made a small set for the lovely Val In Spain on behalf of all of you! Hopefully she will give us an unbiased opinion.
AS I have been so busy this Christmas with work, and the pantomime, I have been slack on the Card front. Therefore next year I intend to make a card specifically for all my lovely regulars Ill say more about this new feature in the new year however once the card has been posted on the blog email me your address and ill post it to you!
It simply remains for me to wish you all the Christmas you want, deserve and hope for and a Crafty New Year!