Sunday, December 18, 2011

Santa Butter Cookies

I'm in the middle of my Christmas baking and I've been dying to use a 3D Santa shaped cookie cutter I bought a few months ago but I needed a cookie dough that stays really stable when it's baked.  After a bit of experimenting, I think I've got the perfect buttery crunchy biscuit that anybody would love to receive as a Christmas gift..  Don't fret if you haven't got a fancy schmancy cutter like mine - cut out circles or use any cutter that you have - it's how they taste that's most important and this makes delicious cookies.

Santa Butter Cookies

100g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
200g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt

Preheat your oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4 and line some cookie sheets with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then add the egg and vanilla.  Add the flour, baking powder & salt to the mixture and mix gently until it forms a ball of dough.

Sprinkle your work surface with flour & roll out the dough - I'd suggest dipping your cutter into the flour as well to stop it sticking - and place the shapes on the baking sheet.

Bake for 8-14 minutes - depending on the size - until the biscuits are golden brown and cooked underneath (if the middle seems a bit doughy, bake for another 1-2 minutes).

Remove from the oven, cool for 5 minutes on the sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.  You can be as elegant or as festive as you like...


  1. These look great! Saw those 3D cutters myself recently, but didn't purchase. Will be doing these too :)

  2. The trick with those cutters is PLENTY of flour - if the dough is any way sticky, you're screwed. Trust me...

  3. How cute!! I love your 3D santa! I'll have to get some for next year.