Christmas Cookies (Makes 35)

• 125g butter, softened

• 50g icing sugar

• 1 medium egg

• 1tsp vanilla extract

• 225g plain flour

• 225g icing sugar

• 2½tbsp warm water

• Shaped cookie cutters and sugar sprinkles to decorate

Put the butter in a large bowl beating it until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and beat again. Break the egg into a bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat well. Add the mixture to the large bowl a little at a time, beating as you go. Add the flour and stir the mixture until it starts to form dough. Use your hands to mix.

Wrap the dough in plastic food wrap and put in the fridge for 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

Unwrap the dough and put it on to a clean surface. Roll it out and use the cutters to cut out lots of shapes. Bake for 10-12 minutes on two greased baking trays until golden. Leave on the trays for five minutes, then put on a wire rack to cool. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and mix it with warm water. Spread onto each cookie with a blunt knife.

Scatter sugar sprinkles on top.