Fake Christmas sucks!
Yeah sure the food is amazing, there’s always more than enough drinks, and the company is normally not too bad either.
Okay, maybe its a bit more than amazing.
But for some reason there aren’t any presents. What the hell?
It takes a lot to get me out of bed before the sun rises, and this normally only happens a couple of times a year, and most of those times involve gifts of some kind. The other times, early morning rugby games. Maybe someone forgot to send Santa the memo, but for our Christmas in July, he definitely forgot to deliver the gifts.
I will be addressing this oversight on his part (and I am sure that he is very sorry), in writing, when I send him my annual Christmas wish list.
But cowboys don’t cry, so I got over my disappointment, and got into helping the LiveInBaker with the preparations for our first Christmas in July dinner. And on the recipe stand this time:
Fake Christmas Sugar Cookies:
- 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) butter, softened
- 1 cup (250 ml) sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups (875 ml) cake flour
- Coloured sugar / sprinkles / edible glitter (optional)
Preheat oven to 190°C. In large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed of an electric mixer for about 3 minutes or until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add flour and mix on low-speed until just blended.
Shape the dough into 2 balls, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough between 2 pieces of cling film (about 5mm thick), and use a cookie cutter to cut out your shapes (stars and christmas trees in our case). Place the cookies onto wax paper lined cookie sheets; decorate with edible glitter/sugar/sprinkles.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown colour. Cool cookies for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then move to a cooling rack (we use an amazing 3 tiered rack). Repeat with remaining dough, if you haven’t snaked on it all yet.
This makes about 60-70 cookies, which is more than enough to share if you can control yourself. Unfortunately, our cookies didn’t make it to the main course!