These delicious and extremely cute Cookies make wonderful Christmas gifts or to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve…
- 250g butter, softened
- 1 cup (200g) caster (fine) sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 vanilla bean (seeds removed)
- 3 cups (450g) plain flour, sifted
- 2 tablespoon cocoa, sifted
Place the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer and beat for 10 minutes or until pale and creamy.
Add the eggs and vanilla bean seeds and beat for a further 2-3 minutes or until combined. Add the flour and beat on a low speed until a smooth dough forms.
Remove half of the dough and set aside. Add the cocoa to the other half of the dough in the mixer and beat until combined.
Roll the vanilla dough portion out between two sheets of baking paper until it is roughly 3mm thick and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Repeat with the chocolate dough. Preheat oven to 160ºC.
Line baking trays with baking paper. Using a 7cm round cookie cutter, cut 8 rounds from the vanilla dough and 8 rounds from the chocolate dough and place onto lined tray.
Using a 4.5cm Christmas cookie cutter cut 8 shapes from the vanilla dough and 8 shapes from the chocolate dough and place on top of the rounds in the opposite colour. If you don’t have the cookie cutter you can print the images of a Christmas Star or Christmas Tree and use them as a stencil to cut the shapes out of the dough with a knife.
Bake cookies for 12-13 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow your cute festive creations to cool on wire racks and then enjoy!