Thursday, 23 August 2012

Fairy Bread Cookies

 These sweet little cookies have a terrific basic dough recipe that is great if you roll it into
ball shapes and press your thumb in and a drop of jam, or like this with a
simple icing on top and hundreds and thousand sprinkles!! 
makes 24 medium sized cookies
You will need:
120gm unsalted butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 egg
2 cups self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Step 1: Dough
 Preheat your oven to 170oC and line two cookie sheets / baking trays with baking paper.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (i use my mixer)
add the egg and mix till combined
add the flour and vanilla
Knead the mixture to form a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 mins.  Clean up while you are waiting.
Step 2:  Roll
 Using a rolling pin, roll the dough evenly on a clean floured board or between two sheets of baking paper until it is about 1/2 a centimetre thick (5mm)... my grandmother's old rolling pin - love it
Step 3:  Cut
Using whatever shape you have or like, cut out your cookie shapes and pop on to your prepared trays.
Leave a bit of space between them as they will grow.
Step 4: Bake
 Place in the oven and cook for about 5 minutes or until ightly golden.  Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool.
Step 5:  Decorate
When they are cool, ice each cookie gently.  I have put my icing recipe below...
this recipe sets firm so it's great for icing cookies or something you want to decorate with lollies etc.
As you ice each cookie, gently press it into the hundreds & thousands to cover the icing.  Set back on the rack for icing to set.
 and there you have them... 24 delicious soft, buttery "fairy bread" cookies.
Basic Icing:
1 cup pure icing sugar
1 teaspoon room temperature butter
1 tablespoon milk
Mix all together till smooth.

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