At this time of year I start baking Christmas cookies and I often make Almond Spritz Cookies. These cookies are bite sized and flavourful. They are perfect when you want a small sweet treat. Enjoy with hot cocoa or eggnog.
1 cup softened butter + 1 tbsp
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
¼ tsp salt
2 ¼ cups flour
Cream together butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract.
In another bowl combine salt and flour.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
Divide dough into separate bowls. Add different coloured gel food colouring to the different bowls to reach the desired colour level.
Prepare cookie press according to manufacturer’s instructions. Place dough in machine and press designs onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 10 minutes.
Fresh tomatillo salsa is great on corn chips, baked potatoes or other vegetables. It whips up in less than 20 minutes and is better than the store bought versions. Adjust the sugar to the level of acidity you prefer.
When November rolls around I start baking cookies to put in the freezer for Christmas. Raspberry Almond Swirl Cookies freeze well and are delicious. They’re pretty on a Christmas platter or tasty just for tea time. For a different flavour cranberry jam or marmalade can be substituted for the raspberry.
I don’t often eat cereal for breakfast but when I do I tend to eat granola. This granola recipe includes coconut oil, honey and dried apricots. For a surprise cocoa nibs are added for a chocolatey kick. Enjoy morning granola for breakfast or on top of your favourite crumble.
Lemon is one of my favourite flavours. Zingy lemon muffins are full of the taste and smell of lemon and citrus. They’re great for a treat any time of year and are especially good with strawberry jam. Try baking mini muffins for take a long treats.
Easy banana bread has many uses. Sliced with peanut butter and a few banana slices it makes a great breakfast. Use in bread pudding or toast cubes to make croutons for fruit salad. Don’t forget to have a slice on its own. It’s delicious!
Freezer Biscuits are ideal for those times when you want something light but don’t want to cook. The dough is made and frozen for the future and then simply placed on a cookie sheet and cooked in the oven.