Let’s get baking for Christmas!

It’s Christmas!!

The most wonderful time of year and if like me you to love to bake, then even more so!
The aroma of Christmas baking wafting through the house, coupled with the laughter and giggles of your children truly rings in the Christmas spirit and transforms a home into a festive one.
Being a single parent, I go all out to make the holiday season festive and a memorable one for my son and me, in fact, if you were to walk into our home you’d be embraced by all that is Christmas; the birth of my Savior, decorations, carols, and of course an array of all the traditional Christmas yummies.

Speaking of yummies, Christmas isn’t Christmas without cookies, is it? Cookie recipes aren’t hard to come by, and if you’re in search of traditional Christmas cookie recipes, you aren’t spoilt for choice. The online world is chockablock with them. 

However, wouldn’t you love a recipe that calls for a simple list of ingredients, does not take a lot of time, and is scrumptious would make any Christmas perfect?

Well, that is exactly the kind of recipe I have for you. If you’re wondering how you’d make these without any cookie cutters, worry not. 

You won’t need them! 

You’ll get to make these cookies festive and all Christmassy. All you need is to think outside the box and let your creative side take over. If you’re going to be baking this with your children, then this is the part of the cookie making process they will most enjoy. 

Let’s get started then!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Makes: 12

Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Icing Ingredients
  • 1½ cup powdered/icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla essence 

The main part, the Cookies!

  • Keep all ingredients at room temperature an hour before you begin.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Whisk to combine. Set it aside. 
  • In another bowl combine the oil and sugar. Whisk to cream it. Once creamy, add the egg and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Next, add the dry ingredient mixture gradually. Keep mixing slowly to combine all the ingredients together. You’ll see that they begin to combine together into a dough. If the dough feels sticky, go ahead and add a little more flour. 
  • Wrap the dough in cling film or put it into a plastic container and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour. You can choose to keep it overnight. This allows the dough to form up and makes for easier handling. 
  • Preheat the over to 180° C for 10 minutes. During that time, line your baking tray with parchment. Roll the cookie dough into 1. 5 inch balls. Place it on the tray and flatten it slightly with your hand. Bake it for 10 to 15 mins at 160°C or until ready. 
  • Once baked, allow the cookies to cool on the tray for 5 minutes on the counter. Then transfer them onto a wire rack until completely cool. 

The Yummy part, the Icing!

  • Sieve the powdered sugar and set it aside. Add the warm water, honey, and vanilla into a small bowl. Mix to combine and make sure the honey is completely dissolved. 
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the sugar. Mix to combine. The mixture will be thick. The consistency you need is a slow drip icing. Transfer the icing into small piping bags and then they are ready to decorate your cookies. Use the icing immediately for the best results. Make sure your cookies are completely cool before you frost them.

That’s it! I hope these cookies and the experience of making and eating them with your children turn out to be the best part of Christmas for you, do let me know how they turn out, I’d love to know!