Gazette Christmas Bake Off

Michelle's husband shows off the Christmas cookies.

Michelle's husband shows off the Christmas cookies.

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With Christmas fast approaching islanders from the Butt to Barra are getting busy in the kitchen creating culinary delights for the festive period and the Gazette would like to feature your baking successes.

So send in your pictures and recipes to feature in the Gazette, along with any hints and tips, to news@stornowaygazette.co.uk and let the baking commence!

Below is reporter Michelle Robson’s festive baking treat - Christmas cookies.

Christmas Cookie recipe

Ingredients:

125g butter

55g caster sugar, plus extra to finish

180g plain flour

tubes of coloured icing

Method:

First of all I heated the oven to 190C before beating the butter and the sugar together until smooth.

The next step was to stir in the flour to get a smooth paste, turn the mixture onto the work surface and gently roll out until about 1cm thick.

I used Christmas cutters to shape the cookies, sprinkled with caster sugar and chilled in the fridge for 20 minutes.

After they came out of the fridge I baked them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. When cool I decorated the cookies - which was the fun bit.

Hints and tips: Keep and eye on the cookies while in the oven because they do cook quickly.