this is what you will need:
1 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour
Right, here we go:
Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and egg.
Sift together baking powder and flour, then add to the creamed mixture, about 3 tablespoons at a time, to form a stiff dough. Turn out and knead by hand.
Roll out a portion of the dough to a thickness of about 6mm.
Press out shapes.
Bake for 6 minutes and remove before they turn brown at the edges. The biscuits will still be soft.
While still warm, gently push a skewer through the top of each cookie, about a centimetre from the edge. Wiggle skewer a little till you have a hole just large enough to pass a thin ribbon through.
Allow to cool for a bit on the baking tray then transfer to cooling rack.
Decorate as preferred, preferably with many little hands involved.
Allow to set if you can bear to.
Wolf down a few.
And string the rest up in your Trendy Tree.
Main image: Christmas cookies by Kristin Ausk
Smaller image: Sugar Cookies by sweetfixNYC