Who doesn´t love cookies????? Decorated butter cookies are a real art and time consuming. I find decorating cookies very therapeutic. You can decorate them with royal icing or fondant , but for that you need a lot of accessories for cutting , moulding etc. I just decorated my cookies with melted chocolate and they were not that professional looking but at least they were sort of presentable.
FOR THE BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE (this is thanks to my cooking blogger friends Dina and Victoria )
250 grams of butter, room temperature
200 grams of sugar
500 grams of white flour (maida)
1 egg, optional
few drops of essence of your choice
Beat the butter til light and fluffy and then add the sugar. Beat well and then add the egg and the flour and the essence. Mix well. You can also omit the egg. If the dough is too soft you can add some more flour. This is the actual combination. Wrap the dough in cling foil and refrigerate for 45 minutes. Remove. Preheat the oven to 180. Make balls out of the dough and roll with a rolling pin till its 0.5 cm thick. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter. Put into a baking tray lined with butter paper and bake for about 10 minutes till slightly browned. Cool and then proceed to decorate.
FOR THE CHOCOLATE DECORATION:
Melted chocolate (i took milk chocolate bar and just melted it in the microwave)
WHICH CHCOLATE DID I USE?