Festive butter cookies

Its that time of the year where we use our oven frequently and our home smells lovely! My big girl was super excited to make some festive cookies for family and friends. We have been bringing lots of baked goodies from brownies to biscuits for the children’s Christmas parties and she was so proud telling everyone she made them.

I wanted to share our go to recipe for cut out cookies! Its buttery, holds it shape and its made with ease. Another fool proof recipe for the children to mess about with. Thank you Nigella! An indispensable cookie recipe. We used cutters of my child’s choice. Hence, possibly every cutter we own. God bless the brother who had to wash and store them for us.

175g soft butter

200g caster sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

400g flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Mix the butter and sugar together, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Honestly, we used a normal whisk. It works. Rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160°C Fan/gas mark 4/350ºF when you are ready to make the biscuits.

Sprinkle a suitable surface with flour, place your dough on it. Then roll it out to a thickness of about ½ cm. Cut into shapes.

Bake for 8–12 minutes, by which time they will be lightly golden around the edges. Cool on a rack and continue with the rest of the dough.Allow to cool completely before letting the child run wild with their creative juices. You can use icing sugar to ice your cookies or you can opt for chocolate like us 🙂


Bless, just look at her face! Well worth the baking mess. They emerged from the oven beautifully, have a peek..


We then melted some chocolate and left the decorating to the child. Topping overload 🙂 More like an explosion of glittery sugar and hundreds of thousands.


Coincidentally, it was also the husbands birthday. He gets festive cookies and a very excited rendition of Happy Birthday by our 4 year old … Candles blown out by said child haha. She also led the 3 cheers with much gusto. HIP HIP …. HOORAY! Ps. like our innovative candle holders?


Do try the recipe and hope you enjoy lots of festive bakes and mince pies over Christmas. xxx