Thursday, 4 December 2014

Easy Christmas cookies

Thanksgiving is done. Phew! Now we can move on to Christmas parties, New Years planning, gift exchanges, and cookies. Obviously one of the best parts of the holiday season is all of the baking that necessarily needs to happen. Right? Or is that just me that associates everything with food? Yes, no, maybe? 

Well, once you see these beautiful Christmas cookies, you'll need to bake and consume them straight away. 


Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies



See: fantastic cookies! 

Here's the thing though with baking - it's a bit less my thing than roasting some savory veg. So I got some help with these from the same person that makes things like this: 



Gorgeous, right? The cake above as well as the delicious Christmas cookies recipe that I am sharing with you today come from a wonderful baker friend of mine, Aukje, who owns de Taarten Tsjoender here in the Netherlands. 

If you live in the Netherlands and need a cake for a special occasion (or just because you want one and they're awesome), I definitely recommend ordering from Aukje. She not only makes beautiful cakes (like my son's birthday cakes), but they taste phenomenal!

As you can imagine, I definitely jumped on the opportunity to learn a bit from a professional! She not only showed me how to bake these tasty cookies (a recipe that you will get below), but also shared some nifty tips and tricks for baking that I am also sharing! 


Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

Note: this is not a sponsored post - we just baked together and Aukje kindly agreed to let me share one of her amazing recipes! 


Easy Christmas cookies 


Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

Makes


24-30 cookies (depending on how large/small you want them) 

Ingredients


  • 200 grams butter (room temperature) 
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 400 grams all purpose flour 
  • The peel of half an orange
  • The juice of 1 orange
  • The juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Several hard candies, crushed (to crush, simply place in a zip-lock bag and bang with a hammer or something else that is hard)

Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

Instructions


  • Lightly whisk the egg 
  • Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Add egg, butter, orange and lemon
  • Lightly mix together and knead together into a dough or ball
  • Cover in cling film
  • Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours to stiffen before use
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Break off a piece of dough and roll it out. 

Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies


BAKING TIP: when rolling out dough, place a long piece of baking paper on the counter top you are using. This saves a major clean up, and you don't need to waste flour on your surface. 

Also, you can place two thin pieces of wooden planks (ply wood, about 3-4 mm thick) on each side of the baking paper. They should be close enough to each other so that both edges of the rolling pin are on top of the planks. Then cover the dough with another piece of baking paper.

Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

Now you can start rolling. If you roll it out like this, you have a very easy clean up, but more importantly - you get perfectly evenly rolled dough. Plus, it's more hygienic as you don't need to worry about disinfecting the counter top! 

  • Once the cookies are rolled out, use cookie cutters to get the perfect, fun shapes you want your cookies to be!

Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

  • Then take another, smaller cookie cutter, and cut out a part of the cookie
  • Place cookies on a piece of baking paper or a greased baking pan. 
  • Add hard candy to the part of the cookies where you had previously cut out a bit

Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

  • Bake for 8 minutes. If the edges are golden brown, the cookies are done. If not, place in the oven for an additional 3 minutes, and check again. 

Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

Oh and one more thing! These cookies are also perfect for making fun ginger bread men or even delicious decorations for on your Christmas tree! You simply cut out a small hole in the dough for a string to go through prior to baking! 


Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

Aukje and I ended up making several batches of cookies! I ended up asking my husband to take the leftovers to work because I simply couldn't resist grabbing one every time  I walked past them. I really hope you give these amazing cookies a try! Your taste buds will thank you! 

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Yuliya