Lily Vanilli's Matcha Christmas tree cookies

15 DECEMBER 2014
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Spoil friends and family with a show-stopping cookie tower this Christmas for a unique festive treat that’s sure to impress.

Serves: 15
Cooking Time:
10 minutes preparation
10 minutes to bake
30 minutes cooling time
5 minutes to assemble one tree

Ingredients


100g Lurpak® Baking
225g granulated white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
15g matcha green tea powder for colour (optional)
360g plain flour

For buttercream:
300g Lurpak® Baking
600g icing sugar
¼ tsp vanilla extract

Equipment:
Rolling pin
Star cookie cutters in various sizes
Piping bag

Method

Buttercream:
Whisk the Lurpak® Baking and icing sugar for 2 – 3 minutes, until well blended. This can easily be done by hand due to the soft texture of Lurpak® Baking, even when straight from the fridge.

Add the vanilla and whisk for 30 – 60 seconds.

Chill before using.

Cookies:
Preheat oven to 180°c/Gas 4.

In a bowl cream together the Lurpak® Baking and sugar until the mixture is pale, light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.

In a separate bowl, sift the baking powder, matcha powder and flour and add in the wet ingredients in two parts. The dough will be very stiff. As the dough comes together, remove from the bowl and continue to knead by hand.

Split the dough into manageable pieces and roll to around ¼ inch thickness.

Cut out star shapes in the various sizes. If you are making multiple trees make sure there is the same amount of each size.

Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool. When firm enough transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cool, fill a piping bag with buttercream and cut a small hole in the end (use a small round nozzle if you prefer).

To assemble:

Lay the largest star shape first; pipe around 5mm from the edge of the cookie all the way around then fill the rest. Stack the second largest star shape on top as you wish, either directly or so the pointed edges fill the gaps in the cookie below, repeat this all the way up the second smallest star shape. Pipe as before but place the final star vertical to sit on top of the 'tree'.

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