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Posted on December 8, 2016 There have been 0 comments

Crunchy Christmas Trees!

For the office Secret Santa at RPS and CICO Books Towers this year, we’re exchanging homemade gifts. Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of books full of inspiration, including Christmas Cookies to Make and Bake! In our opinion, you can’t beat a batch of freshly baked cookies! So whether you’re doing homemade gifts, or just want something tasty to accompany mulled wine with your pals, why not give this recipe a go?

Crunchy Christmas Trees

These crunchy, pretty little pistachio-coated trees look really festive at Christmas time and are perfect for packaging up in brown paper and tied with ribbon to give as a grown-up edible gift to friends and family.

125 g/1 stick butter

125 g/⅔ cup caster/granulated sugar

1 whole egg

250 g/2 cups plain/all-purpose flour

TO DECORATE

1 egg white, lightly beaten

100 g/¾ cup finely chopped pistachios

icing/confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

2 prepared baking sheets

Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutters in assorted sizes

MAKES 20-25

Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F) Gas 4.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add the whole egg and beat until fully incorporated. Stir in the flour and bring the mixture together to make a soft, but not sticky dough. Wrap in clingfilm/plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

On a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle about 3–4 mm/1⁄4 inch. thick. Cut out Christmas trees using the cookie cutters. Lay them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving a little space for spreading between each one. Bring the trimmed dough together and roll out again to cut as many cookies out of the dough as possible. Arrange on the baking sheets with the other cookies.

Brush the top of each cookie with the lightly beaten egg white, leaving the trunk of the tree without the egg white wash. Scatter the chopped pistachios over the branch part of the tree.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10–15 minutes, until golden and firm. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes or so, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dust with icing/confectioners’ sugar to emulate freshly fallen snow, if liked.

Christmas Cookies to Make and Bake is available here.

Keep your eye on the blog next week for more homemade holiday gift ideas. We’ve also got loads of ideas over on Pinterest.

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