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Share Christmas cookies to make with children (I): recipe for the dough

Caro Ferrer @@ CocinadCarolina

Christmas is coming, or so they make us believe

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We began to think about what we are going to give, in Christmas crafts to do with children, what Christmas recipes we can prepare

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And since children love making cookies, I thought about doing a series of tutorials to make Christmas cookies decorated with your children .

Since the process is not simple, I will write an entry dedicated to each step we must do, the first will be to prepare the dough for the cookies, cut them and bake them. Since to decorate them we must let the cookies rest at least two days, we have time to consider how we want to decorate our Christmas cookies . Today, we go for the recipe for cookie dough to decorate:

Recipe Christmas cookies to decorate (with children, or without them)

As I said before, there will be several ways to decorate our Christmas cookies that I will be teaching throughout this month. The main and most important thing to have some beautiful (and good) decorated cookies is the dough:

Ingredients for making decorated cookies (dough)

  • 225 g of butter at room temperature (ideally, spend the night outside the fridge)
  • 150 gr of icing sugar or icing sugar (as thin as possible)
  • 1 egg M (preferably ecological)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons (of coffee) of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 410 gr of flour

Necessary material

  • Rod blender / mixer / thermomix or any food processor
  • Oven
  • Oven plate
  • Baking paper (in the supermarket) or silicone mats
  • Christmas cookie cutters (these I bought in Decake)
  • Roller
  • Wood slats to level the mass (between 5-6 mm)

How to make the dough of the cookies to decorate

Following the images in the photo above, in order from left to right and top to bottom:

  1. We put the butter in our kitchen robot and beat for a few seconds at medium-low speed until it forms a paste. Be careful, we should not go over it, otherwise the butter will fall apart, just to make a paste.
  2. Add the icing sugar and beat again, just to mix, a few seconds.
  3. We break the egg in a bowl (we do not want peel residues in our dough) and add it to the butter mixture together with the vanilla extract and salt. We return to beat at low medium speed for a few seconds (it seems that we have a kind of cut pasta, do not worry, it's normal).
  4. We add half of the flour and mix again a few seconds.
  5. We add the rest of the flour. We already have our mass.

  • Sprinkle with flour our silicone mat (if we do not have baking paper) and put on it the dough (you will see that they are gobs).
  • You knead it carefully, if you see that it sticks to your carpet or your hands, you can put the dough in the fridge for half an hour but try to knead it with your hands as much as possible. This process is what children like best, kneading knead and knead, let them pringuen and have fun with the dough. She, the dough, will thank you, believe me, she likes to feel loved.
  • We continue kneading and we end up forming a ball with our dough.
  • We stretch the ball with our hands so that it is a little flat.
  • We place our wooden slats (or any stop that is 5 or 6 mm) next to the dough and start to stretch with a roller. Do not forget to sprinkle with a little flour so you do not stick the rolling pin.
  • If you see that you start to stick the roll to the dough, you can put a baking paper on it and stretch again, it will be perfectly smooth.
  • Put the baking sheet or paper with the dough on a tray that fits in the fridge and put it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • We preheat the oven to 180ºC once the dough has been cooled (it is very important that it is very cold), we can start cutting with our Christmas cutters. When the dough is very cold, it will easily come out of the cutters, as the time goes by and it gets warmer, it is possible that your figures begin to deform a little bit. Do not worry, we are making cookies with children and for them they will be beautiful and perfect.
  • Put them on the baking tray and put them in the top of the oven for about 8 minutes or until the edges begin to take color (should not toast), this recipe is to have white cookies, if you like more crispy, you can Leave them one more minute. Keep in mind that the cooking time also varies according to the size of the cookie, the smallest ones may need 7 minutes and the largest ones may be 10, keep an eye on the oven so that they do not go through.

Once they are ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool for 3 minutes on the tray and pass them to a rack so that they finish cooling.

We have our cookies ready to be decorated! Stay tuned, soon I will put more tutorials to decorate Christmas cookies with fondant, with real icing, painted with edible markers

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For now, let the cookies rest for a couple of days before decorating them.

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