Category Archives: New Year’s Baking

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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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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Peanut Cereal Candy

Peanut butter and cereal create a sweet treat for those times when you have a snack attack. Make a double batch and store the extra in the freezer for  when you have the munchies.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1/2 cup peanut butter

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Yule Log

This show piece for your Christmas table takes some time to make but the recipe isn’t hard.  Use your imagination to decorate the tree stump.  You can be traditional and make it look like a tree or you can be more abstract as in my example.  Either way the chocolate icing against the light and airy cake is delicious.

Ingredients

5 eggs( separated)

1 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa

dash of salt

1 package ricotta cheese

2 cups cranberries

1 cup water

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Freezer Shortbread

Freezer shortbread are easy to make and delicious.  They crisp texture goes well with tea and coffee.

I make several batches of this recipe at Christmas and they are always the first to disappear. 

Enjoy with hot cocoa or your favourite latte.

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups flour

Freezer Shortbread

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1/3 cup icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS
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Chocolate Macaroons

Chocolate Macaroons are sweet and crunchy.  They’re great for a party platter or for a snack to beat chocolate cravings. Try on a tray with Coconut Tarts or with Carob Chip Squares.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats

Chocolate Macaroons

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 cup coconut

6 tbsp cocoa

1/2 cup butter

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup milk

 

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Christmas Candy Cookies

Christmas candy cookies are simple to make and delicious. You can use most forms of Christmas candy in the batter or for a change use glazed fruits, dried cranberries or maraschino cherries. Enjoy with a hot cup of cocoa or mulled cider.

INGREDIENTS
candy cookies

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup soft butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups Christmas candy

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Coconut Macaroons

This is the first in a series of two recipes for coconut macaroons. The cookie is sweet with a tropical flair. It is filled with tasty coconut and the goodness of vanilla. For a special treat drizzle the finished cookie with chocolate or butterscotch.

Enjoy.

INGREDIENTS
coconut macaroons

2/3 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups sweetened coconut

1 egg

2 egg whites

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

food colouring (optional)

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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.

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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