Christmas Sugar & Almond Cookies | Blogmas 2015

11:04 pm Alanna Hopgood 2 Comments

Christmas time is my favourite time for baking. It's also the only time I get the opportunity to create some new recipes, and also follow my most loved ones. These cookies are a new twist on an old classic, adding almond to give an unexpected extra dimension to an otherwise fairly bland biscuit. They're great to practice your icing work on too (although I am still not very good!).  I use this recipe by the wonderful Katrina each year, and I love how it doesn't need chilling!!

You can find the full recipe over on Katrina's blog, but I'll give you a quick run down of it here, and also the measurements in grams rather than cups. I used:

225g butter
200g granulated white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg (not pictured, I forgot!)
2 tsp baking powder
375g plain flour

Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla, almond and the egg and beat together. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mix, a bit at a time, until it forms a dry dough. I was actually really surprised at how dry the dough was, but you will be thankful of it when it comes to rolling it out, as it doesn't get stuck to the table like some wetter doughs might.

Then the satisfying bit - cutting them out. After a few years of biscuit making, I've discovered that the best way to make sure the dough doesn't stick to your rolling surface is to use way more flour than what you think you need. I bought these adorable cutters from Lakeland a little while back and I adore them. Bake the batches at 180 degrees for about 6 minutes, until the edges are just turning golden.

Lastly, once your biscuits are completely cooled, you gotta ice them. I used this royal icing recipe, and to be honest I just tried not to make a mess. Don't go into this expecting cookies that are bakery worthy, or you're just going to be disappointed. Besides, you want to give them that classic home-made feel right (at least that's what I told myself!)? Stick to one colour so as not to complicate things, and just give it your best shot.

These are suuuuper tasty, and really easy to make, meaning they are fast becoming a staple in my house over the festive season. I am planning to try putting things like cinnamon or nuts into the mixture soon to try some new flavours. Let me know what you think of these, and tweet me or comment if you give them a go!


  1. Oh these sound great, and simple to make! I'm definitely planning on making a few batches of christmas cookies this year.

    1. Thank you! They're so tasty, I really recommend you give them a go :)