One of the loveliest Dutch traditions she’s passed on to her family is Christmas Cookie Day, a day for all generations to gather and bake. So if you fancy starting this too, here’s a recipe for Christmas shortbread stars. The good thing about this recipe is that it’s really easy for little hands to get involved with too – it really doesn’t matter if the cookies don’t look perfect. If you want to hang them on your tree, though, make sure you put a hole in the top before baking.
Preheat oven to gas 4 180F (160C fan). Cream the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy. Add the semolina and flour, mixing together with the spoon and then your finger tips until you have a smooth dough. Roll out the dough. Using a star-shaped cutter, cut out stars and place on a lightly greased baking tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until just golden. When completely cool, use glace icing, silver balls, edible glitter, whatever you fancy to decorate.