Christmas Cookies

Christmas baston cookies 2

Hello once again! Sorry for this very late post on Christmas but I was so busy during the holidays preparing sweet treats, that I completely forgot to post these incredible cookies :) Also it’s 2015 so Happy New Year! Later I will post the cupcakes that I made for New Year’s Eve! Anyhow I made two types of christmas cookies, you will see the other ones below but let’s start with these candy cane looking cookies! You will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking powder

1 cup of unsalted butter

1 cup of sugar

1 egg

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1. Mix the flour and baking powder and put them in a bowl.

2. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter (better at room temperature) and sugar until creamy.

3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix.

4. Add the flour mixture slowly and mix until it forms an uniform dough and it starts to attach completely to the paddle.

5. Split the dough in two parts once it’s firm. Take the first half and knead it with your hands a couple of times.

6. Leave the second half in the mixer and add some food coloring (I added about 3 drops of red food coloring) and mix until all the color is incorporated. Then knead it with your hands a couple of times.

7. Then put both doughs in separate ziplock bags and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

8. Take the first half out of the fridge and separate it into 5 parts (For the next step you are going to need a long working station covered with Silpats or some flour on the counter so that the dough doesn’t stick).

9. Roll each section so that it forms a long string (make sure they are not too thin or they will break).

10. Repeat steps 8 & 9 with the red dough.

11. Once you have long strings from both doughs, take one from each and twist them so they form a rope. Cut the long twisted rope into smaller pieces so that you can bend them so they will look like candy canes.

12. Place them in a baking sheet with a Silpat, they will look like this:

Christmas baston cookies 1

13. Bake the cookies in the oven at 177° C ( 350°F) for 10 minutes. 

There you go some festive cookies that taste delicious!

Sugar cookie recipe adapted from Glorious Treats 

Now the other cookies I made looked amazing! I call them swirl christmas cookies. But you can actually use any other colors and bake them for any occasion :) You will need the following ingredients:

2 cups of flour

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

2/3 cups of powdered sugar

1/4 cup of white sugar

1 1/4 cups of unsalted butter

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/2 tsp of almond extract (you can use any extract you’d like)

1/2 tsp of green food coloring (you can use any color you’d like)

2 tbsp of flour

1 1/2 cups of christmas red and green sprinkles (again you can use any color you’d like).

Note: the original recipe uses a food processor to make these, but I used my KitchenAid mixer and it worked! Although, I did take the butter right out of the fridge like a minute before I was going to use it and I didn’t over mix the dough.

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in the mixer: flour, baking powder, salt, powdered sugar and white sugar.

2. Add the butter (right out of the fridge and chopped into little cubes) and mix until the mixture looks like cornmeal:

Christmas swirl cookies 1

3. Add the vanilla extract and mix until the dough forms a ball:

Christmas swirl cookies 2

4. Split the dough in two parts. Leave the first half in the mixer and add the almond extract, the green food coloring and the 2 extra tbsp of flour and mix until it forms an uniform dough.

5. Roll each dough between two sheets of waxed paper so it forms a rectangle and refrigerate both doughs for at least 2 hours. They should look like this:

Christmas swirl cookies 3

6. Meanwhile pour the sprinkles into a rectangular dish:

Christmas swirl cookies 4

7. Take out both doughs and take off one piece of waxed paper from both. Lightly brush one of the doughs with a little bit of water and place the other dough on top. Be sure that both doughs are stuck together and that their edges are even (you might want to trim them a bit).

8. Throw away the other waxed paper from only one dough and roll both doughs so they form a log.

9. Once you have your log, take away the last waxed paper and place the dough into the dish with sprinkles. Roll the log so that every part is covered with sprinkles:

Christmas swirl cookies 5

10. Wrap the log in clear plastic and place in the fridge for about 4 hours.

11. Take the log out, take off the clear plastic and slice it into 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) thick cookies and place them on a baking sheet with a Silpat.

12. Bake the cookies in the oven at 163° C ( 325°F) for 15 minutes.

Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes

There you go! Colorful and delicious cookies for Christmas. Kids will love these :)

Hope you enjoyed this recipe :)