Welcome to blogmas day 9, everyone! I can’t believe we’re already over a week into December! Christmas is getting closer and closer. :O
One of my favorite things (but also something has caused quite a bit of frustration in the past) to do during the holiday season is to bake Christmas cookies. However, in the past I would get so frustrated with my dough that I’d buy those mixes for cookies that you just needed to add eggs and maybe one or two more ingredients to because it was easier.
BUT. I wanted to do it differently this year so I searched all over Pinterest for a simple recipe that was foolproof (and wouldn’t make me angry) and while I found some really lovely one (like this, this or this) I wanted some really, really simple to start out with.
I then just googled for a recipe for sugar cookies because they kept popping up over and over again but with measurements I couldn’t do much with (aka cups and different spoon sizes – why don’t we all just use gram? or kilogram?) until I realized I could just look up a GERMAN recipe that used measurements I’m used to. Good job, Swetlana. That took you long enough.
For my fellow Germans, you can just check out/follow this recipe if you want to – I’ll be translating it for this post. The recipe is really easy and quick to make which is awesome but it needs to rest for an hour in the fridge so make sure you plan around that! What I did was make the dough, put it in the fridge and then make and eat dinner while I waited for the hour to pass.
Here’s a list of ingredients we’ll need:
- 250g flour
- 1/2tsp of baking powder (I just used the prepackaged ones)
- 1/4tsp of salt (I just used a little bit without measuring it)
- 110g of butter (at room temperature)
- 200g of sugar
- 1 medium-sized egg
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 200g white chocolate (I only had one bar (100g when I did mine and it wasn’t enough)
- sprinkles (use whichever you prefer, I went for rainbow ones)
Step 1: Mix flour, backing powder and salt in a bowl, put aside
Step 2: Mix butter and sugar until everything is well combined
Step 3: Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter & sugar mixture
Step 4: Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter & sugar mixture (I added the first half, mixed it all and then the rest)
Step 5: Wrap your dough in cling foil and then put it in the fridge for about an hour
Step 6: Preheat your oven to 160°C
Step 7: Put a bit of flour down on your working surface and roll your dough out to about 5mm in thickness (or however big/small you want your cookies, let’s be real)
Step 8: Cut out your cookies using a small glass – my first batched turned out a bit huge because I choose a too big glass. xD I then went for a smaller one and my cookies looked much nicer! Try using a shot glass?
Step 9: Bake for 10-12 minutes
Step 10: Let cookies cool completely
From here, you could do various different toppings/frostings for your cookies (you could even do the Christmas lights one) but I just went with the very basic melted white chocolate. I love white chocolate and cookies which made this a match made in cookie heaven.
To melt your chocolate, place a with water filled (I’d say about a third or a fourth of the way) pot on the stove and place a smaller one inside the bigger pot. I just used a saucepan because it had a handle and would stay on the bigger pot. Once the water comes to a boil, lower the heat and then stir your chocolate regularly until it’s all melted.
To coat your cookies, just dip them halfway into the melted chocolate – I did it while both pots were still on the stove to make sure the chocolate wouldn’t harden on me.
Now, you can leave them that way or you could put sprinkles on top of the melted chocolate. Whatever you prefer. 😉
Make sure you let the chocolate harden properly and then it’s time to taste your cookies! If you’ve got room in your fridge, you can place the cookie sheet in there to help fasten up the process or you can let them cool on the kitchen counter.
Now that I’ve shared a recipe that I really enjoy – how about you guys share your favorite too? Be it super elaborate or really simple – I’m curious to see what kind of cookies you guys like to make, or eat! 😉 Are Christmas cookies part of your traditions around the holiday season? Do you make an event out of baking them? Tell me all about your cookie stories down in the comments below!
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