So I was getting some Christmas shopping done yesterday and popped into Lakeland because oh-my-god-all-the-baking-supplies and my eye was caught by a set of ten cookie cutters, all stars, all different sizes which you bake and then stack to make a 3D Christmas Tree.
Obviously, I had to buy it (and it was less than a fiver!) and I set off home with far too many bags of pressies for various loved ones, and these cookie cutters ready to go.
There is a recipe on the back of the box, so I just followed that – seems safer, right?!
All I will say is, yes, I had a HUGE amount of fun making this, but oh my god does it take AGES and makes SO MUCH MESS! From the 30 odd cookies of varying sizes cooling all over my kitchen, to the serious amount of icing dribbling from overfilled icing bags….so much mess!!
The image on the box looks so neat and tidy….and that is what I aimed for…..
Mine turned out a little more……homemade looking!
But I tarted it up with some edible stars and let’s be honest, it’ll all be eaten in a day and a half so who cares if it looks a little bit wonky…..at least it’s obvious that I made it! 🙂
What You Need:
Lakeland Christmas Tree Star Cutter Set (Includes icing bags, nozzles and 10 star cutters) – Buy It Here.
300g Caster Sugar
600g Plain Flour
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of salt
How To Do It:
1. Mix the Butter and Sugar together until creamy.
2. Add the eggs, vanilla and salt and mix until fully combined.
3. Gradually add the flour and mix.
4. Get your hands in and pull it together into a dough. Separate into two, wrap and put in the fridge for about an hour.
5. Roll the dough until a few millimetres thick and start cutting out the shapes. You need two of each size, I ended up making three of each size because there was loads of dough! When you can’t cut out any more, bring the edge bits together and re-roll.
6. Put the cut shapes on baking trays (I used 4) with greaseproof paper on and place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
7. Place in the oven at 180C for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are golden brown.
8. Ice and stack. This will be messy and the icing will dribble down the sides….it looks good, don’t stress!
9. Decorate with edible glitter, stars and whatever else you can get your hands on! 🙂