These are a must for the holidays Use a good quality white chocolate such a Bakers or Lindt, or decorate with coloured frosting. Plan ahead the dough needs to chill for 2 hours, or freeze for up to 1 month. You can also sprinkle with very finely chopped almonds on top of the chocolate.
- In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat sugar and butter until light (about 5 minutes).
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- In a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture JUST to combine.
- Divide the dough in half and gather each pieces into a ball, then flatten into a disc.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 2 hours or more, or freeze.
- Set oven to 325°F (second-lowest rack).
- Roll out one disc on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness.
- Using assorted cookie cutter cut out cookies and transfer to a ungreased cookie sheet, leaving 1-inch between cookies.
- Gather dough scraps and re-roll.
- Repeat with remaining dough disc.
- Bake cookies until pale golden (about 13 minutes).
- Transfer to racks and cool.
- Melt the white chocolate and spoon into a pastry bag (1/16-inch tip size) or just drizzle with a small spoon.
- Pipe the chocolate onto the cookies in a decorative pattern.
- Sprinkle lightly with very finely chopped almonds if desired, then let stand until the chocolate sets.