Christmas Chip Cookies

Christmas chip cookies use rainbow Christmas chips for a unique flavour.  They’re a little sweeter than your average chocolate chip cookie and the dough is soft and tender.  They’re great with hot cocoa or cider.

INGREDIENTSChristmas Chip Cookies

3 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup veggie shortening

1/2 cup salted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups rainbow Christmas chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

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Christmas Gingerbread

When December comes I like to pull out recipes that I haven’t used throughout the year.  One of my favourites is the recipe for Christmas Gingerbread.  The combination of spices and sweet molasses is always a crowd-pleaser and kids love the decorated shapes. 

INGREDIENTSChristmas Gingerbread

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1.2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

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Sugar Cookies

I always make sugar cookies for Christmas.  I have fond memories of rolling dough and cutting intricate shapes. I use this recipe for Easter and Halloween cookies as well simply changing the shapes of the cookies.  They can be decorated intricately if desired but I take the more rustic approach.  I top with coloured sugar, mints, sprinkles or royal icing.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

Decorated Sugar Cookies1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar Continue reading “Sugar Cookies”

Crystallized Ginger Cookies

This cookie has a bold flavor. The crystallized ginger  spices up the flavor of the molasses and brown sugar. 

If you don’t like crystallized ginger it can be left out easily.  The ginger cookie itself has a good flavor.

Ingredients

3 1/4 cups flour

Crystallized Ginger Cookies1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger

1/2 cup melted butter

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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.

1 cup sugarNana's Molasses Ginger Snaps

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

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Swirled Sugar Cookies

Swirled sugar cookies are a great addition to any holiday table.  Simply adjust the colour of the dough to the occasion; orange for Halloween, red for Christmas, purple for Easter and so on.

INGREDIENTSSwirled sugar cookies

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1.2 cup butter

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Red or green food colouring

DIRECTIONS

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  Set aside.

Cream butter, shortening, sugar, vanilla and eggs together.

Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.

Remove half of the dough into another bowl.  Add 10 drops of food colouring to half of the dough and mix until dough is coloured evenly.  Chill both bowls of dough.

Roll out each roll of dough into a rectangle the same size as the other.  I like to do this on parchment paper so the dough can be easily moved.

Place coloured dough on top of uncoloured dough,

Using the parchment paper roll a log.  Chill for at least an hour.

Cut into slices and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Note:  Cookies can be crusted with sprinkles on the edges if desired before baking.

 

Fancy Sugar Cookies

Fancy sugar cookies have a real crunch to them when baked.  Red and green cookies make a pretty addition to a Christmas table.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butterFancy Sugar Cookies

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

sprinkles or coloured sugar

chocolate kisses

DIRECTIONS

Beat egg, sugar, butter and vanilla together until well combined.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt together.

Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until well combined.

Roll in balls and place on a silicone mat on a cookie tray.

Press down ball to flatten slightly.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Cool 5 minutes and then push unwrapped chocolate kiss in the centre of the cookie.

Put in the refrigerator to chill.

 

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