By : Nicholas Yau
17 December 2015
Has it started to look a lot like Christmas everywhere in your neighbourhood? Why not take a step further and infuse your home with the lovely scent of freshly-baked cookies?
Originally served as favours at Mexican weddings, these sugar cookies were so good that they transcended cultural boundaries and became a must-bake cookie during the festive season. Round like fluffy snowballs, these treats are packed with melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Why not try your hand at this simple recipe over the weekend? You can grab everyone in the family to help out!
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (pecans taste great too!)
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup icing sugar
1. Beat the butter until it becomes light and fluffy. If you don’t have a mixer, a whisk or fork would do.
2. Add all other ingredients except the icing sugar.
3. Mix the dough well.
4. Shape into balls – about 2 cm wide – and place them on parchment paper on a baking tray. Space them out evenly as the cookies will expand a little when baked.
Bake at 170°C for 15 minutes. Make yourself a nice mug of chocolate while waiting.
5. Once cookies have very lightly browned, take them out of the oven and cool for at least 10 minutes.
Roll the cookies in the icing sugar mix.
Unfortunately, one tray will not last till Christmas. You’ll have to bake more, a lot more.
With cookie cutters, you can get creative and create snowflakes, stars and tree-shaped cookies.
Try to be adventurous with the recipe too – add chocolate chips or even a spicy touch of peppermint.
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