Christmas Tree Stars
makes about 24
IT can be easy to go ‘over the top’ with decorations for Christmas, especially for the tree.
I like to keep things as simple as possible with some fairy lights and edible decorations such as these star shaped cookies.
125g (4.5oz) butter
100g (3.5oz) sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup or honey
200g (7oz) self raising flour
200g (7oz) icing (powdered) sugar
1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F).
2. Cream butter and sugar in your food processor. Add golden syrup or honey and whizz to combine.
3. Fold in flour until just combined.
4. Roll out on a piece of baking paper until about 5mm (1/4in) thick. Cut out star shapes and place on a tray lined with baking paper (you’ll need 2 trays or do it in batches).
5. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Using a skewer, make a hole in each cookie while they are still warm. Cool on the tray.
6. Combine icing sugar with 2 tablespoons boiling water to make the icing. Pipe onto cool stars to decorate. Allow to the icing to set.
Will keep for a few weeks in an airtight container. On the tree they’ll last a few days before picking up moisture and going a bit ‘stale’. They’ll still be edible just not as tasty as when fresh.
dairy-free – replace butter with margarine.
spiced – add a few teaspoons of ground black pepper in the mix.
drop cookies – for a more melt in the mouth cooking for eating, reduce the amount of flour to 150g (5.5oz) and drop teaspoons of mixture onto the tray before flattening a little and baking.
Problem Solving Guide
too brown – it’s easy to overbake small cookies like this. So keep an eagle eye on them.
don’t have a star shaped cookie cutter? – cut into circles using a wine glass to make lovely edible baubles.
Thread with pretty ribbon and hang on your tree!