- 100 g unsalted butter
- 100 g Fairtrade caster sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp Madagascan vanilla extract
- 200 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 180 g icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tbsp party sprinkles
- 1 tbsp sugar stars
In a medium bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in the egg yolk, vanilla extract, flour and a pinch of salt (if using). Mix until it forms a dough, then knead until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of 5mm. Stamp out shapes with cutters and bake on a non-stick baking tray for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Place the icing sugar in a bowl and add cold water, a couple of drops at a time, until the icing has a thick pouring consistency. Spread a little on each cookie and decorate with sprinkles, chocolate beans or chocolate stars while the icing is wet.