About this Recipe
When you prepare these cookies your kitchen will be invaded by a wonderful spice scent and the Christmas air will spread throughout the house.
If you find it, you can use the spice mix “all spices” that already contains cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves mixed in the right quantity.
- 300g all purpose flour
- 120g granulated sugar
- 150g butter
- 1 egg
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
- ground ginger
- 200g icing sugar (powdered sugar)
- a pinch of salt
20 large cookies
25 minutes + resting time
Mix the flour with the sugar and salt. Add the spices little by little (about a teaspoon in total). Add the softened butter cut into small pieces and mix it with your fingertips to obtain a crumbled mix. Complete with the egg, form the dough into a ball and keep in the fridge
for 45 minutes.
Roll out the dough on a floured work surface 1/2 cm thick, then cut the cookies. Always start from the outer edge and try not to leave unnecessary blanks.
Lay the cookies on a baking tray covered with parchment paper while trying not to deform their shape. If you want to hang the cookies on the Christmas tree, make a small hole on one side or on top of it with the aid of a straw. Make it wide enough, because when it’s cooking it will tend to shrink a bit.
Once you are done with all the holes (or finished doing all the cookies), put the baking tray in the fridge for
15 minutes while heating the oven to 180°.
Bake the cookies for about 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the frosting by pouring the icing sugar in a bowl. Add a little water (a teaspoon at a time) until you have a creamy texture, but dense at the same time.
If you use liquid food colorant, pour first the colorants and only if the frosting is too firm, a little bit of water.
Transfer the frosting in a pastry bag: if you use disposables bags, pour the frosting inside and only at last cut off the end with a pair of scissors. As you make the hole smaller, the frosting will drop like the sign of a pencil; as you increase the width of it, the frosting will come out faster.
Decorate the cookies with frosting and sprinkles and leave them to dry for at least 2-3 hours before placing
the ribbon and hanging them on the Christmas tree.
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