This year, I’ve been very organised with my Christmas gifts :)
I baked a huge pile of Christmas Star Cookies for friends and family.
I would have loved to say “I made them with my kids” but I didn’t.
I made them at night, over a few days, when the kids were asleep. This is because (after years and years of chaotic cooking with kids) I simply CAN’T STAND to give out mutilated, wonky, broken, misshapen biscuits anymore – with uneven, drippy icing, with smudged finger prints and crazy sprinkles that don’t match!
I don’t care how cute and “homemade” they look, I’ve had enough!!
I just want to make nice looking Christmas biscuits for once dammit! :)
This is the recipe I used, which I have posted on my site before. However, I have since moved house, and my new oven works differently. So I had to change my oven temperature and time.
Simple Butter Cookie Recipe
¼ tsp vanilla essence
½ cup castor sugar
1 egg yolk separated
2 Tbsp milk
2 cups plain flour
Oven at 180ºC. Cream butter, essence, sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg yolk and milk. Then stir in flour til firm. Roll. Cut.
Bake 20-30 minutes until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
This recipe made about 30 small stars.
The dough is quite brittle, so it is easier to handle if you put the dough in the fridge for a few minutes.
The resulting cookie is delicious. It has a great crunch, it’s not brittle, not too sugary and not too buttery. Also they keep really well for a few days in an air tight container. And they don’t break when you put them in cellophane bags.
I mixed up a yummy lemon icing to decorate the cookies.
I don’t have the exact recipe, because it’s kind of simple. You just mix lemon juice (1 tablespoon maybe?) into lots of icing sugar (1 cup maybe?). And make sure it’s thick and creamy, not runny.
I then put 6-8 star cookies in some clear cellophane bags, and tied them up with a turquoise satin ribbon.
Another thing I did during the week… was to prepare some teacher’s gifts.
I have been quite pleased with all my children’s teachers, that I really wanted to show a bit of thanks and gratitude. Most years I have given chocolates to them (they must get so much chocolate!), so this year I found some cute pens to give them.
These are from Kikki.K. The wrapping paper is from a generic gift shop.
My 3.5 year old and I made gift tags and tied little satin ribbons on the gifts.
We presented them to his teachers (with a little cuddle too) on the last day of school, and while my little one didn’t understand the significance of “final goodbyes”, I think I shared a tear or two with his teachers.
It’s been a good year of school for my kids. There’s definitely a lot to be thankful for.