Oh Christmas Tree

Ingredients

For the sugar cookies

(makes 5 dozen)

  • 340g unsalted butter
  • 400g white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 5ml vanilla extract
  • 630g plain flour
  • 9g baking powder
  • 6g salt
  • different sized star shape cookie cutters

For the icing

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 600g icing sugar
  • green gel paste colour
  • sprinkles

Method

  1. For the cookies, In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla
  2. Stir in the sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Cover the dough and chill for 3 hours, or overnight
  3. Preheat the over to 190 degrees C. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 5mm thick. Cut into star shapes with different sized cookie cutters. Place the cookies on a tray, with space between each of them, and bake for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool completely before storing or icing
  4. For the icing, beat the egg whites until light and fluffy. Add the sifted icing sugar and beat on a low speed until well combined and smooth. It has reached the right consistency when you lift the beater and a ribbon of icing that falls back remains on the top for a few seconds before disappearing. If the icing is too thick, add a little water, and if too thin, add a little more icing sugar. Add the colour gel paste
  5. [Use the icing immediately, or put into an airtight container until ready to use, as it dries out and hardens quickly. If using an icing bag to pipe the icing, cover the end with a bag when not in use]
  6. Arrange the cookies to make tree shapes with stars on their tops and ice each cookie before stacking. Decorate the trees with christmassy sprinkles

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