Dry ingredients - In a bowl, combine flour, salt, cornflour, and nutmeg, cinnamon together. And set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar, until light and fluffy.Tip - Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved in the butter before you add the rest of the ingredients or you will have very grainy cookies.
Next, add the egg followed by the vanilla, almond extract, and flour mixture – combine well but don't over mix.
Then, divide the dough into two discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour or until firm enough to roll.Tip - The dough is soft and needs to refrigerated, so avoid adding more flour.
Preheat the oven at 170 C / 340 F.
Roll the chilled cookie dough on a lightly floured surface. Use star cookie cutter in different shapes and sizes to create the cookies as shown in the video.
Bake - Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake the cookies on the center rack for about 8 to 10 minutes.
Cool - Once baked, cool on the baking tray for 10 mins. Then, transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Combine the powdered sugar, water, and vanilla extract. You want the glaze to be pouring consistency.
Sprinkle the glaze over the cookies. Let the glaze dry completely before you stack the cookies.
These cookies will keep in an airtight container for a week.
Always have all the ingredients at room temperature so the butter and sugar cream well.
Use castor sugar or pulse thick grain sugar in a food processor so it dissolves easily when creaming into the butter
Rest the dough before rolling the cookies. Resting helps the butter firm up again which makes it easier to work and prevents spreading.
If the rolled cookie dough is soft, place it in the fridge for 15 minutes before you cut the cookies. Chilled cookie dough will give well-defined shapes.
Preheat the oven for a good 15 minutes making sure the oven is at the right temperature. A cold oven will spread the cookies.
Place cut cookies in the fridge while the oven is preheating to prevent spreading.
When baked leave the cookies on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
This dough can be halved or double without any issues.
Store them in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 5 or 6 days.
To make them in batches, you can refrigerate the cookie dough for a week, or
Freeze the dough for up to one month, then – thaw in the fridge overnight before using.
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