Christmas Tree Decorations

It is a great idea to use the chocolate chips as decorations on top of the cookies instead of mixing them in with the dough. Be patient and let the dough rest for 30 minutes to make it easier to roll out.

YOU WILL NEED

Utensils

  • 2 baking trays lined with baking paper
  • medium mixing bowl
  • electric beater
  • scissors
  • tablespoon
  • spatula
  • rolling pin
  • star cookie cutters (we used 3 different sizes)
  • egg lifter or pallet knife
  • oven gloves
  • 1 thick straw and 1 thin straw
  • 1 clay flower pot
  • a bare branch from the garden
  • a few pebbles
  • coloured ribbons

Biscuits

  • 1 x 390 g Ina Paarman’s Choc Chip Cookie Mix
  • 125 g butter at room temperature
  • 1 extra large or jumbo egg, at room temperature
  • flour for dusting work surface
  • 50 g glacé cherries, cut in half
Method

Adjust oven rack to one slot above middle shelf.

Preheat oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with baking paper.

Open the foil bag and fish out the little plastic bag with chocolate chips. This time we are not mixing them in with the biscuits, but we are using them to decorate the cookies.

In a medium size mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the egg and keep on beating for another minute. Don’t worry if the mixture curdles. Add the dry Cookie Mix. Use the electric beater on its slowest speed or a spatula to blend the ingredients together. When a crumbly mixture forms use your hands to lightly bring everything together.

Form the dough into a ball and flatten it with your hand. Wrap it in baking or greaseproof paper and leave to rest for 30 minutes. Dust the work surface lightly with a little flour.

Roll out the dough thinly to ± 2 – 3 mm thick. Cut out different star shapes with cookie cutters. Gently lift the stars onto the lined tray/s, use an egg lifter or better still, a pallet knife.

Decorate cookies with reserved chocolate chips and halved glacé cherries. Pierce a hole near the top of each cookie with a thick straw. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until golden.

Remove the baking tray from the oven. Make the hole, which may have closed up a little, a bit bigger by using the straw again while the cookies are still hot. Leave the cookies on the baking tray to firm up before gently lifting them onto a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool down completely before storing in an airtight container.

Hang on tree

Thread coloured ribbon through the holes and tie to the tree.

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