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Patchwork Peppermint Cookies

When Christmas rolls around I like to have a cookie tray filled with different cookies for my guests to enjoy. Although there will be few holiday visits this year I still wanted to have a few special cookies in the house for the family.

patchwork peppermint cookie

The recipe for patchwork peppermint cookies is a new cookie that I modified from the patterned cookie recipe. The cookies are sweet with a hint of peppermint and are colourful on any tray.

The recipe is a bit fussy and the assembly of the cookies takes a little longer than usual but it is worth the work. The cookies can be made in two and a half hours. This includes the time the batter rests in the refrigerator.

The recipe can be modified for different holidays. Change the colour of the food colour and add a different extract to make your holiday cookie special. For example, for a summer birthday use yellow food colouring in half the dough and add lemon extract. Yummy! Orange and red can be used for fall with maple extract.

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Walnut Ginger Cookies

Walnut ginger cookies are great for tea time. The cookies are sweet and crunchy with a subtle zip of crystallized ginger. They’re so easy to make you can whip them up in 1/2 hour, make a pot of herbal tea ,and be ready for entertaining.

walnut ginger cookies

My favourite spice is ginger and I like how the subtle heat of the spice comes through in baked goods. This recipe used dried ginger and crystallized ginger to flavour the dough. If you have fresh ginger you can grate it and substitute 1 tbsp for the dried spice.

I used walnuts in this recipe but if you don’t like them you could use chopped almonds. I’ve tried chopped cashews but find them too sweet combined with both types of sugar. If you have a sweet tooth though, you could add them, add some dried coconut and reduce the brown sugar by 1/4 cup.

If you want to serve these on a Christmas platter and need to jazz up the cookie appearance I’d use coloured sprinkles mixed into the batter. Icing on this cookie is too sweet for my taste.

Enjoy!

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GINGER COOKIES

Ginger cookies are sweet and moist. The combination of molasses, banana and ginger melts in your mouth. Try serving the cookies with hot tea or a strong cup of coffee.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
Ginger Cookies

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 cup mashed banana

2 flax eggs

3 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 cups flour

3 tsp ginger

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Lemon Easter Cookies

Lemon Easter cookies are a lemon sugar cookie decorated for the Easter holiday. Choose your favourite colour for the cookie dough.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter

1 egg

1 tsp lemon extract

1 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 cup sugar

gel food colouring – your choice of colour

DIRECTIONS
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Patterned Cookies

This recipe takes more time than many of the icebox cookies but the results are worth the effort. The designs are pretty and the cookie is delicious.  You’ll need an afternoon to bake these cookies so make an extra batch while you are baking and freeze  the leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup soft butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix first butter, sugar and vanilla  until light and fluffy. 

Add flour and salt to the mixture.  Blend until just combined. Do not overwork dough.

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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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Raspberry Chocolate Swirly Cookies

Raspberry and chocolate combine with a luscious shortbread crust in raspberry chocolate swirly cookies.  They’re perfect for a lunch box or for a picnic basket.  Enjoy with milk or tea.

Ingredients

Raspberry Chocolate Swirly Cookies
Try white chocolate chips.

2 1/3 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup melted better

lemon zest of one lemon

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup raspberry jam

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Molasses Refrigerator Cookies

Molasses Refrigerator Cookies can be kept in the refrigerator for several days until you are ready to bake them.  Serve with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

INGREDIENTS

2 3/4 cups flourMolasses Refrigerator Cookies

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup salted butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

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Blueberry Vanilla Cookies

Dried blueberries are an unexpected treat in Blueberry Vanilla Cookies.  They’re sweet and crunchy and great with iced tea.

INGREDIENTS

Blueberry Vanilla Cookies

2 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

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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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