I used to make these with my grandma at Christmas, they are the most simplest of cookies but so heart-warming and a great bake to do with the kids during the holidays.
110g butter, at room temperature
210g caster sugar
1 egg ^
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g plain flour
Flour for dusting
400g icing sugar
50g butter, at room temperature
2 ½ Tbsp hot water
Preheat oven to 180°C.
In a large bowl or bowl of your stand mixer, use electric beaters to cream together first measure of butter and sugar, about 3 minutes. Then beat in egg and vanilla.
Add flour, half at a time, mixing until incorporated.
Dust bench and rolling pin liberally with flour and roll dough 1cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes then place on a lined oven tray. Re-roll any off-cuts.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until cookies are just starting to turn slightly golden on the bottom (tops of cookies will have no colour).
While cookies bake, place icing mix and second measure of butter in a large bowl or bowl of your stand mixer. Use electric beaters to beat for about 2 minutes, until combined. Add hot water and beat a further 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Split icing into different bowls and add and few drops of food colouring to each bowl. Mix each bowl for a further minute, until combined.
Once cookies have cooked, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.