We call those cookies “Plätzchen” in Germany, which is basically cookie in English. If you hear “Plätzchen” then you immediately know that it refers to white simple cookies, cut in various Christmas themed shapes and decorated with icing. It is a simple dough, easy to make and a lot of fun for the kids. So if you are looking for something to do with the kids, this is definitely one of the good choices.
As long as I can remember I’ve been making these cookies with my mom and dad in our kitchen. Mom has an old table top converted into a working area. Basically it goes on top of our regular table. Dad would get that one out cause it is rather heavy (at least for little children’s hands).
Now it’s my mom’s turn, she would get the ingredients, measure them and combine them. Once I was old enough I was allowed to measure as well. But the kneaded was always left to my mother. She has the strong arms and quick hands that it will take.
Then it was time for us to do the work. Get out all the cookie cutter and go wild. I loved that so much and it was fun to roll out and cut and roll out and cut. Finally the cookies were cooled off and we could decorate them with icing and sprinkles. It’s like painting, a mess, but you can eat that mess, which is the best part of course.
– 250g flour
– 125g margarine
– 165g sugar
– 5g vanilla sugar or 1/2 tsp. vanilla
– 1 egg
– pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients as quickly as possible otherwise the dough will be too soft. Wrap in plastic warp and place it in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the dough out but make sure it is not too thin, otherwise your cookies will burn. Get out your cookie cutter and get going. It’s free for all and all shapes are allowed. Bake at 180°C for about 8 to 10 min.
After they cooled well you can decorated them any way you like them. The kids will love that part the most obviously.
Tip: We used icing sugar mixed with water and food colours added to that. It is the simplest form of icing you can make. For the more advanced baker: you can use royal icing of course.