Vanilla Christmas Cookie Tree

Makes 1 tree

Made using the Star Cookie Cutter set

Ingredients

  • 300g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 small eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 600g plain flour, sifted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), gas 4.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the beaten eggs, vanilla and salt and mix well. Gradually add the flour and mix until incorporated. Bring together into a dough, divide into 2 balls, wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 3-4mm. Dip cookie cutters in flour before each use. You need 2 cookies of each size. Arrange them on prepared baking trays.
  4. Bake the cookies on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for about 12 minutes, or until firm and golden, swapping the trays over if necessary. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tip: Once you have stamped out the shapes, you can gather the remaining dough together into a ball and re-roll to make more shapes. The shapes will then need to be refrigerated for a further 15 minutes before baking.