Hi all, we will be back with more Christmas crafts tomorrow, but for today I was a little bit concerned all you lovely readers may have got so over excited about Christmas craft projects that you may have neglected your tummies. So, I couldn’t think of anything more fitting than some really simple but delicious cookies to accompany whatever project you are undertaking this weekend.
I wanted to make something that would be incredibly quick and easy which wouldn’t generate a lot of washing up (given the amount of other craft related tidy up already needed around the place) and I have to say these definitely do the trick.
These cookies taste like little bites of Christmas, perfect with a cup of hot chocolate of hot spiced apple cider.
Christmas Spiced Cookies (makes about 25)
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
50 g soft brown sugar
50g caster (superfine) sugar
1. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and both types of sugar until the sugar is dissolved and the mix is smooth and even. Next add the egg, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Mix these all together until you are left with a sloppy batter like mix. Don’t worry if the mixture looks a little curdled, when we add the flour it will all be OK.
2. Pour the flour onto the surface of the mix and sprinkle the baking powder evenly around too (you could sieve these together separately, but why give yourself another bowl to wash up!) Mix in the flour, stirring until it all pulls together into a single ball.
3. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until just under a quarter of an inch thick. Next use your favorite cookie cutter to cut into festive shapes and place onto a baking sheet covered with parchment, making sure that there is at least an inch between each cookie as they will grow slightly in the oven.
4. Bake at 195ºC (380 F) for 10 to 12 minutes depending on the size of your cookies and oven. When they are ready the edges will have just started to turn slightly golden. If, like me, you are making a number of different sizes of cookies make sure you keep an eye on the smaller ones as these may be ready to be taken out of the oven earlier than the rest.
To serve just dust with a little icing sugar, or even ice them with some royal icing if you want to make them a bit more special.
The dough freezes really well, which is super handy if you have unexpected guests arrive for tea. Just roll any spare dough into a tube to freeze, and cut off 1/4 inch thick slices to bake when you need them. Being able to produce a plate of fresh baked, homemade cookies in just 10 minutes is kinda impressive! Happy Weekending 😀