8 projects to keep kids busy: 3D cookies

8 projects to keep kids busy: 3D cookies

Baked Christmas tree decorations not only keep the kids busy during the holidays, it provides edible seasonal charm to your home.


Makes: About 24
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 10-12 minutes
Oven temperature: 180°C

  • 270ml (250g) soft butter
  • 200ml (175g) castor sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 30ml cream
  • 600ml (330g) cake flour, sifted
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Directions to make 3D Christmas cookies

  1. Beat together the butter and castor sugar until light. Beat in the egg yolk and the cream.
  2. Add a third of the flour and stir well. Add another third and stir again and then add the remaining flour. A stiff dough should form. Divide the dough into two and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Leave to chill for at least two hours.
  3. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut out circle shapes using cookie cutters. Make a slit in each cookie – the slit should be as wide as the cookies are thick and should stretch into about 3/4 of the cookie. Also, make a small hole in half the cookies with a straw so that ribbon can be threaded through when the cookies are baked.
  4. Transfer them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking tray. Once they are completely cool, decorate with glacé icing and silver balls.
  5. Interlock two cookies with each other using one with a hole and one without. If the slits are too short or narrow, simply widen them by cutting away some of the cookie with a sharp knife – be careful not to press too hard as it may break. Thread ribbon through the holes of the cookies and hang in a Christmas tree or in front of a window.

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