Monday, December 15, 2014

Anna Sultana's Christmas Cookies, Maltese Style


Christmas Cookies!!
Perfect when you want something light to finish off a holiday meal.
Or to serve with a cup of coffee or tea when someone just drops by.

They also make a never fail Christmas gift.
Just place a few on a paper plate, wrap with saran wrap and smile.


Hints:

If you prefer you can shape the cookies in this way:
Cut a small piece and, by hand, roll it into a thin, long strip about 1/4 inch thick.
Cut the strip into sections about 1 inch long.
Connect the two ends by pressing them together with your fingers.

Or you can roll it in your hands to form a log and then twirl it into shape. 


                              Christmas Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Cookies

Grease 3 large cookie sheets

In a medium bowl sift together
3 1/2 Cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder

In a large bowl place
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup butter
Mix at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Beat in, one at a time
4 eggs
Add
2 teaspoons vanilla
Gradually add
the flour / baking powder mixture.
Mix at a low speed until the dough is firm. 
Knead and if necessary add flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
Pinch off about a tablespoonful of dough.
Roll it into a ball and place it on a greased cookie sheet. 
Repeat with the remaining dough and place them on the cookie sheets.

Preheat oven to 375º F
Bake cookies 10 minutes until lightly golden.
Let cool on the pans 5 minutes.
Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.

Icing

Combine in a medium bowl
2 Cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 teaspoons water
Stir until creamy.

Place wax paper under the wire racks to collect the dripping icing.
Dip the cookies into the icing and place them on the wire rack.
Repeat the process for the remaining cookies.

Before serving sprinkle over the cookies
coloured sprinkles

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