500 gr. all-purpose flour
250 gr. butter
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
180 gr. powdered sugar
¼ tsp cloves
½ tsp sea salt
2 tbsp vanilla extract
For the royal icing
150 gr. powdered sugar
1 egg white
1 tsp ouzo


1.In a big bowl, combine flour, ground cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, powdered sugar and sea salt.
2.Mix in eggs, vanilla extract and cold butter cut in cubes.
3.Combine the ingredients and knead until you have smooth buttery dough.
4.Cover the dough with a cling film and place it to the fridge for at least half an hour.
5.Preheat oven to 180° Celsius.
6.Turn out part of the dough onto a floured surface, roll it into a rectangle of 1 cm thickness.
7.Cut in different shapes with Christmas cookie cutters.
8.Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
9.Let them sit on the baking pan for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
10.For the royal icing
11.In a small bowl, mix in sugar, egg white and ouzo until well combined.
12.Decorate the cookies, with the help of a piping bag, making the patterns you like.


  1. Dough is buttery and should stay cold to be easy handled. Keeping the dough in the fridge for at least half an hour and handling it partially, is the best thing to do.
  2. You can escape royal icing if you like.
  3. Since I don’t like much royal icing, I put ouzo in it, a dry anise flavored aperitif, instead of water to make it more interesting.


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