Category Archives: christmas baking

Nana’s Molasses Ginger Snaps

My English grandmother used to like having tea during the afternoon.  I remember at tea time she always had a cookie tin filled with these Ginger Snaps.  These cookies are crunchy and spicy.  They’re sure to become one of your family favourites.

INGREDIENTS
Nana's Molasses Ginger Snaps

1 cup sugar

1 cup molasses

1 cup melted butter

1 beaten egg

1 tsp ginger

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 1/2 cups flour

DIRECTIONS
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Mae’s Shortbread

Mae's shortbread

Mae’s shortbread is a recipe that my mom received from a close friend when I was little.  My mom took the recipe and made it into a special treat for holidays. She’d meticulously cut out shapes of birds, bells and trees.  These days I just roll the dough in a log and cut into disks for when  I need a quick treat for friends and family.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter

1/2 cup icing sugar

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

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Peanut Butter Bites

At Christmas my family celebrates with food and family.  One cookie which turns up again and again is the  recipe for peanut butter bites.  The chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination for any celebration or for when you just want a decadent treat. Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chunky peanut butterPeanut Butter Bites

3/4 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup white chocolate

1/2 cup milk chocolate

sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Mix peanut butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl until mixture is well incorporated.

Line a cookie tray with a silicone mat.

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Cherry Biscuits

Cherry biscuits are a great treat for a mid day snack. The tart cherries work perfectly with the savoury dough. They are wonderful paired with Garlic and Chive Biscuits on a Christmas platter.

INGREDIENTS

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

4 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup cold diced butter

1 1/3 cup almond milk

1 beaten egg

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Cranberry Orange Loaf

Cranberry orange loaf is a easy to make festive treat to have around the holidays. Filled with fresh cranberries and orange zest it is fresh and fruity. Try pairing the loaf with your favourite tea or eggnog.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup orange juice

2 tbsp orange zest

1 beaten egg

2 tbsp melted butter

1 cup cranberries

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Almond Spritz Cookies

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.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup softened butter + 1 tbsp

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

¼ tsp salt

2 ¼ cups flour

DIRECTIONS
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Chocolate Peppermint Candy

At this time of year it’s nice to have a sweet treat in the house to share with visitors.  One of my favourite sweet combinations is chocolate and peppermint.  Chocolate Peppermint candy combines these tastes in a melt in your mouth confection.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 bag milk chocolate chipsChocolate Peppermint Candy

1 bag white chocolate chips

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 tsp peppermint extract

candy canes, crushed

DIRECTIONS

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English Spice Cookies

I rediscovered my mother’s cookbook this week.  It’s amazing what memories a few words on paper can bring back.  The recipes lovingly copied in both my mother’s and my grandmother’s handwriting remind me of special occasions.  My mom used to open the book to mix and bake her special recipes on a birthday, holiday or when one of us was feeling blue.

English Spice Cookies is a recipe originating from my English grandmother.  Nana liked her sweets and we could always find cookies of some kind on her table. The recipe has a hint of spice and dried fruits to sweeten the batter.  For a change try using dried blueberries or dried cranberries instead of dates.

IngredientsEnglish Spice Cookies

1/3 cup butter

1 scant cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup raisings

1/2 cup finely chopped dates

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 to 2 cups flour to make a firm dough

2 tbsp milk

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Coconut Tarts

Coconut tarts are sweet and creamy.  Filled with coconut and coconut milk goodness they’re sure to be a hit with your guests.

Pastry

5 cups flour

coconut tarts1 tbsp brown sugar

pinch salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

2 tbsp cider vinegar

Cold water

DIRECTIONS

Mix first 5 ingredients together crumbly.

Mix egg, vinegar and enough water to make 3/4 cup liquid.  Mix into dry ingredients.  Blend by hand until all the flour is incorporated. Refrigerate for an hour.

Roll out pastry thinly and cut into rounds. 

Place rounds in muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.  

Cool thoroughly.

Coconut filling

1/4 cup cashew milk

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 can coconut milk

1/3 cup sugar

pinch salt

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Mix sugar, coconut milk,  sugar and salt into a pan. 

Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. 

Dissolve cornstarch in cashew milk.  Slowly incorporate mixture into pan.  

Continue boiling the mixture until thick while whisking.  Add vanilla and scoop into baked pastry.

Try Coconut Macaroons too!