Tip for making Christmas Cookie shapes

Article by: Barbara Sauermann  |  Picture by: Barbara Sauermann
Tip for making Christmas Cookie shapes
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If you want to have ago at making Christmas tree or star shaped flat cookies this Christmas, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Aside from the ingredients in your recipe, a rolling pin, baking paper, cookie or biscuit cutters and flat baking sheets without edges, will make your job much easier.
Have all your ingredients at room temperature, so get any butter, milk or eggs out of the fridge 30 minutes beforehand.
Once you've made the biscuit dough wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least an hour. This will make the dough less sticky and easier to work with.
Line the baking sheets with baking paper and sprinkle your work surface and rolling pin lightly with flour. Preheat the oven to the recommended temperature in your recipe.
Divide the dough into portions and work on one section at a time. Return the rest of the dough to the fridge – especially if it's a hot day or if you are working with kids or doing anything which may add extra time to the process.
Don't roll the dough too thin; 3 to 5mm is a good working thickness – and don't push down too hard when you're rolling or the dough will stick. Try and keep the thickness of the dough the same across the piece you are rolling.
Once you've rolled, start cutting the dough immediately with cookie cutters. Keep moving the cutter /s around the rolled dough until you've cut out all you can. Dip the cookie cutter in flour a few times during the process so it won't stick to the dough.

It's fine to cut sideways or upside down – the aim is to get as many cookies out of each piece of rolled dough as possible. Re-roll and cut some more if possible but only do that once to avoid the dough becoming too dried out and brittle.
Lift the cut shapes from your table with a knife or a spatula depending on their size and place them on the prepared baking sheets and put them into the pre-heated oven.
Generally these types of biscuits only take 8-12 minutes to cook but check them a few minutes before the recommended time to make sure they're not cooking too fast. Once they are browned, remove them from the oven and cool on racks.
Ice and/or decorate the cookies when they are completely cold.
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