Pre-heat the oven to 180C 350F Gas mark 4
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and add the vanilla essence.
Sieve the flour and fold it into the butter mixture. Mix well until a soft dough is
Wrap in cling film or a small plastic bag and chill for at least 1 hour.
Place the dough on a floured surface and briefly knead. Then roll out the dough to a
5mm thickness and cut out shapes using your chosen cutter.
Lightly knead and re-roll the dough trimmings together again to use up all the
dough. Place cookies on a lined baking tray and return to the fridge for a further 40
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes depending on the size of the cookies until they
start to turn golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave to
cool in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool