December 6, 2019
Cookies Recipes For Christmas
Counting down the days till Christmas? Make it one of the most indulgent ones with the best recipes for Christmas cookies. Whether you prefer super-sweet ones or those with a little zest and a sprinkle of spice, there’s a unique recipe waiting for you. If these cookies don’t convince Santa to make a stop, nothing will!
Time to fire up your oven and let the flavours do the talking!
Maybe you’re the only one in the family that loves Grandma’s traditional fruitcake, but these cookies will get everyone looking for the crumbs as well!
You Will Need:
- 2 ¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
- ¾ Cup Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 Cup Candied Peel
- 1/3 Cup Chopped Pistachios
- ½ Cup Dried Cranberries
What You Need To Do:
- Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. In another bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until they’re light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla.
- Fold in the candied peel, cranberries and pistachios. Shape the dough into two 2-inch thick logs. Freeze for 20 minutes
- Heat the oven at 350 degrees. Line baking sheets and slice the logs into ½ inch thick biscuits. Bake until they are lightly golden around the edges for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool and serve!
Pro Tip: Folding is not the same as mixing! Folding means gently incorporating the ingredients so that you let air flow in the batter.
Chai Tree and Snowflakes Cookies
Don’t forget to serve these spicy cookies with a piping hot cup of tea for Christmas! It’s Chai Time with Chai Cookies!
You Will Need:
2 ¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour
¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
½ Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
1 ½ Ground Ginger
½ Teaspoon Ground Cloves
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
½ Teaspoon Cardamom
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Cup of Butter
¾ Cup of Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 ½ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
How To Make Them
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and black pepper. In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract.
- Gradually add in the flour mixture, folding as you add. Shape the dough into two logs and freeze them for 15 minutes. Heat your oven at 350 degrees and line up the baking sheets.
- Roll out the logs into 1/8-inch-thick flat dough and use a cookie cutter in the shape of trees or snowflakes to cut out the biscuits. Chill them again for 15 minutes. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are lightly golden. Decorate with royal icing and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon before serving.
Shortbread Three Ways
Go for the classic shortbread recipe over the holiday season… but! We’re not keeping it totally traditional. Enjoy shortbread in three different styles rich in flavours and perfect around folks!
What Will You Need (Shortbread)
3 Sticks Unsalted Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
½ Kosher Salt
How To Make Shortbread
Heat your oven at 350 degrees. Line the baking sheet. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar for 2 minutes until the butter is creamy. Add in the vanilla. Gradually, add the flour and salt and continue to mix for 2 minutes. Roll the dough and use a glass or a cookie cutter to make the biscuits. Bake until light brown for 25 to 30 minutes.
Variation One: Chocolate & Peppermint
Beat some butter and sugar until fluffy. Add some heavy cream and peppermint extract and continue to beat until soft. In a medium bowl, melt chocolate chip cookies and add them to the cream mixture. Spread over the cooled shortbread and refrigerate before serving.
Variation Two: Red Currant Crumble
Before you start rolling the dough for shortbread, save ¾ Cup of dough in a plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes. Combine jam with orange liqueur and zest with the dough. Place your biscuits on a baking paper and grate the frozen dough onto the biscuits using a box grater. Bake until the topping is golden brown for 35 to 40 minutes.
Variation Three: Toffee-Pecan Shortbreads
In a saucepan, combine sugar and syrup while stirring occasionally. Boil until the sugar turns a deep caramel colour. Immediately remove from heat and add heavy cream. Fold in toasted pecans and pour the mixture onto some cooled shortbread cookies. Let cool and serve!
Cookies for Christmas anyone?