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.
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.
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.
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.