Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Cookies ~ Donna Hay

oh, christmas tree...A fun alternative to a traditional tree is to outline one in nails on a board, then run string or wool around the shape and decorate it with these spiced cookies. Full of Christmas flavours – cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice – and sparkling with a dusting of sugar, they make a delicious change from the usual decorations. Roll the dough a little thicker than normal, pierce a hole at the top with a skewer (to loop with strong thread or pretty ribbon) and cook for a little longer than usual at a lower temperature to make sure the cookies fully dry out.

spiced brown sugar cookies
185g butter, chopped
1 cup (175g) brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon mixed spice
2½ cups (375g) plain (all-purpose) flour
2 eggs, 1 separated
1 tablespoon water
raw sugar, to coat

Preheat oven to 160ºC (325ºF). Place the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and mixed spice in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the flour, whole egg, egg yolk and water and process again to form a smooth dough. Knead lightly, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.Roll out the dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper to 5mm thick. Using Christmas cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Make small holes in the top of each cookie for string to be looped through. Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.Brush cookies with the eggwhite and press the brushed side into the sugar to coat. Place on baking trays and return to the oven for 10 minutes to set the sugar. Cool on wire racks. Makes 45.

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