The Season of festiveness is upon us, and it is high time we started embracing the true spirit of Christmas: Making the people we love happy.
And while we can always buy them the things we know they love, no over the top present or expensive wrapping can replace a genuine gesture or action. This is why this Christmas you should let your children join in the very preparation of your Christmas goodies, be them snacks or sweets, or beverages. This way they will feel like part of that adult world they can’t wait to go into (because no one told them it was a trap), and you will be bonding on a whole new level.
So, without any further ado, here are the options we have selected for you.
Start out with some easy snacks that don’t involve cooking or baking.
Sweet Christmas Snacks
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A great idea would be preparing reindeer out of pretzels, peanut butter, M&Ms and mini chocolate chips. Make sure you get some round crackers, or if you have the square ones in your pantry, don’t fret, place them in a diamond-like position prior to preparing your reindeer, and you are good to go.
It is as simple as ABC, just spread some peanut butter on top of the cracker, place a red M&M in the middle for Rudolph’s nose, or if you go for the diamond version place it in the bottom corner, and add the two mini chocolate chips or raisins to form the eyes. As for the antlers, place them on the two opposite sides and press gently for them to stick in the peanut butter, or add a drop of melted chocolate to act as a glue.
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An even simpler idea would be the one for strawberry Santa Clauses. But mind you, don’t go for a regular whipped cream stuffing, although it seems like a good idea it isn’t. Whipped cream alone is too thin to hold Santa’s “body” and “hat” together. A better option would be beating some cream cheese, honey and vanilla together because a mixture of these would have a tiny bit firmer texture that will hold the pieces together. These will surely trigger a smile on your children’s faces, and what’s more, they can easily put the “hats” above the stuffing, or decorate the Santas with mini chocolate chips for the eyes.
An alternative to the cream cheese would be a slice of banana in between the strawberry “body” and “hat”. If you opt for this version, decorate Santa’s eyes with two poppy seeds.
And if you want an all fruit Christmas version you can always make Grinch Kebabs. Prepare these by adding a green grape, a banana slice, and half a strawberry on a toothpick and finish everything up with a mini marshmallow. Grinch never looked so cute!
Salty Christmas Snacks
Make a salty Christmas snack by using some salty crackers and cheese. Choose your favorite type (mozzarella, cheddar, feta, taleggio) and cut it into triangular shapes. Cut some prosciutto into thin slices and add two slices to make them look like tinsels and then proceed to add a star tree topper made out of carrot slices. Chop some parsley and sprinkle on top. You will get a Christmas tree-looking cheese.
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Another quick and easy savory snack would be one made by adding two pretzels on a cheese wedge and placing some olives or red peppers for the nose. Plate your reindeer cheese wedges together on a big tray or separately on individual crackers.
Baked Cookies in Christmas Shapes and Forms (a Great Base for Your Children to Get Creative)
Now, off to a tiny bit more complicated ideas. The important thing is to focus on the phrase “tiny bit”, so don’t worry, even not so experienced cooks can manage to prepare these.
If you want delicious cookies done in just an hour, then the Merry Christmas Cookies will surely be your cup of tea. You can prepare the dough, but let your kids use the holiday cutters and cut out all the different Christmas-y shapes. Go ahead and prepare the icing and put it into a pastry bag, then let your children do all the decorating. The fun is guaranteed.
And, if you want to have a healthy little Christmas, then you can go for a healthier recipe, like the one for the Soft and Chewy Paleo Gingerbread Men Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free). Your children can play the part of the little old woman and enjoy the art of cutting the gingerbread men shapes and drawing some eyes, mouth, and buttons to make them come to life.
A not very complicated recipe, yet as delicious as ever, is the one for the Snowballs. Prepared with white cake mix these snowballs will not give you a hard time, and the best part is: your children will be able to use their imagination and ingenuity.
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For instance, you can turn these snowballs into snowmen. Melt some chocolate and give your kids toothpicks so that they can draw the eyes and mouth. You can always plate them in an interesting way, let’s say with some colorful sprinkles underneath them or some silver glitter on top. Use a Rolo chocolate candy for the snowman’s hat, or even some mini Reese’s butter cups turned upside down.
Maybe you want to prepare some crunchy sweet bites; We’ve got you covered. Go ahead and give the Christmas cornmeal cookies a try. Not only are these incredibly tasty, you and your children can prepare them in as many different forms as you can possibly think of. (Plus, you can always add some colored M&Ms to make your regular cookies way prettier).
Christmas Pancake Ideas
If you want a recipe that will be done in less than an hour and leaves a lot of space for experimenting in terms of decoration, then pancakes are the right choice for you.
Go for the Gingerbread pancakes or their vegan counterpart and once you’ve prepared them let the fun begin.
You can cut your pancakes into three different sizes, and stack them starting from the largest one, to the smallest one. Spread whipped cream on the first one, then go ahead and add the middle-sized one, apply whipped cream and finally place the smallest one. Using mini chocolate chips decorate the snowman’s face.
You can do the same with cream cheese frosting instead of the whipped cream, and if you do this melt some chocolate, get toothpicks and start bringing your snowman to life J.
As it turns out, whipped cream is the solution to everything J. Make your favorite pancakes and create Santa’s beard and hair using it. For the eyes, you can use anything, from M&Ms, to chocolate chips, to blueberries or raisins. The mouth can be made out of dry cranberries or sliced strawberries.
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You can use the same technique of piling previously mentioned, only, this time, make several different sizes instead of just three. Using some food coloring or gelatin powder color your pancakes green and start stacking them. Sprinkle with some red and green sprinkles, or even go for a white glaze and silver glitter to represent snow.
Another alternative would be adapting the spiced ghost pancakes to a more season appropriate variant. Although If you are trying to recreate the Christmas Carol story, these will be a fitting choice as well. However, you can add a drop of green food coloring to the heavy whipped cream, use some colorful sprinkles and voila… you will get a Christmas tree on top of your pancake stack.
And, since we believe that the human ingenuity is endless, we encourage you to go ahead and check our pancake recipe collection – Best American Pancake Recipes – Quick, Easy and Delicious. Maybe you will get inspired to recreate one of the recipes and give it a Christmas-y twist.
Whichever of these ideas you opt for, be sure to include your kids in the whole process of preparing the food. Time spend with your family is a time well spent indeed. When prepared with your closest ones any outcome (even burnt cookies) will taste twice as delicious as it normally would.
Happy holidays to you all, and to all a merry Christmas!
Which sweet treat is associated with the Christmas period? Gingerbread! For what would Christmas be without gingerbread houses and gingerbread people?
However, gingerbread refers to a broader category of baked goods, including biscuits, cookies, and cakes, typically flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and/or nutmeg, and sweetened with sugar, honey, or molasses.
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History has it that this Christmas food was brought to Europe from the East, in the 10th century by the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis, with the purpose to cure indigestion. The Americas were introduced to it by the first European settlers who used to make it with molasses (Read on for more fun facts connected to gingerbread).
So, what are you waiting for? Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way, by indulging in our delightful gingerbread recipes.
Did you know that the first figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits appeared at the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England? She gifted the edible figurines to some of her important guests. Another fun fact – the world’s largest gingerbread man weighed over 1400 lbs. and was made in Norway, in 2009 by the staff of the IKEA store.
Who can resist these cute kids? Classic gingerbread cookies make warm and spicy treats or use them for whimsical decorations. Tip: Freeze these cookies in re-sealable freezer bags for up to 1 month. Just defrost and decorate! To hang these cookies as ornaments, use a drinking straw to make a hole at the top of each cookie before baking. After decorating, tie ribbons through the holes.
Note: You can also cut stars and bells from the gingerbread. And if you don’t have molasses on hand, substitute an equal amount of sorghum or honey. Honey gave the cookies a milder taste that is equally sweet and delicious.
The reason we absolutely love cupcakes is their ability to transform into a sweet treat for any occasion. All you need to do is select a suitable decoration. These gingerbread cupcakes are incredibly moist & fluffy and topped with a rich cinnamon cream cheese frosting!
Fun fact: In the past, gingerbread was only made by Catholic monks, who usually created it in the form of angels and saints. Common people were forbidden from making it!
Looking for some mind-blowing gingerbread cookies to include in our Christmas selection, we stumbled upon a recipe that your little ones will adore. Full title: Gingerbread M&M cookie bars with gingerbread M&M buttercream. Ground M&Ms, subtle spices, and some chocolate – these cookies are unlike any other.
Fun fact: According to the Swedish tradition, you can make a wish by holding gingerbread in your palm and then break it with the other hand. If it breaks into three pieces, the wish will come true.
What better way to start the Christmas day than with a delicious breakfast in bed? And what better festive breakfast option than pancakes? They taste just like gingerbread cookies, packed with spices and molasses. Don’t forget a cup of warm coffee or milk for the kids.
Fun fact: The city of Bergen in Norway builds a whole city of gingerbread houses every year.
Gingerbread Buche de Noel
As you might have guessed from the recipe title, this is a French recipe. Yule log, as it translates, is a traditional Christmas dessert in France. It is basically a light, subtly spiced sponge cake but this version is somewhat Americanized with the use of meringue frosting and cream cheese filling. In addition, it contains vanilla and cinnamon, as well as caramelized pecans, both in the filling and on top.
Fun fact: The word “gingerbread” derives from the Old French word “gingebras”, which means “preserved ginger”.
White Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles
Here is something easy, simple, and delicious – truffles made with the quintessential holiday flavor and covered in white chocolate and rich cream cheese. The creaminess of the white chocolate perfectly complements the spiciness and crunchiness of the gingersnaps to create the cutest Christmas dessert ever!
These festive cookies are the perfect edible party favor! Chewy, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these biscotti are meant to be dunked in coffee, cocoa, or hot chocolate. Can you feel the beautiful smell in your house?
Glazed Gingerbread Baked Donuts
Here is another Christmas breakfast suggestion. These cute donuts are much healthier than the standard ones because they are baked. The spices make them perfectly Christmassy, whereas the glaze adds an ideal amount of sweetness. Rise and shine!
One Bowl Apple Gingerbread Cake
How multifunctional is this hearty, one-bowl vegan apple cake infused with rolled oats and gingerbread flavor? It is perfect for special occasions, lazy afternoons with a hot cup of tea, or as a Christmas breakfast-in-bed item. Your friends and family will absolutely adore it. Did we mention it is packed with healthy ingredients?
Fun fact: Gingerbread houses became extremely popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published their story “Hansel and Gretel”.
How to describe this Christmas goodness? A perfect blend of classic brownies and gingerbread? Rich, fudgy and chocolatey, with lots of gingerbread spices and molasses? That would do. To make them even more festive, cover the brownies with a thick layer of chocolate ganache and snowflake sprinkles (who said there won’t be any snow this Christmas?). Finally, add the glaze and let them cool before slicing.
Fun fact: One of the defining features of gingerbread is the use of molasses or honey as sweeteners instead of sugar.
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Gingerbread Latte Martini
Looking for a special drink to toast? This Christmassy beverage is based on Feeney’s, a luxury Irish Cream made by blending real dairy cream with aged Irish whiskey and chocolate. Next, there is single cream, vodka, and espresso. The coffee is there to balance the sweetness from the brown sugar, whereas the gingerbread flavor is obtained by adding fresh ginger, cinnamon, mace, and cloves. Serve it in a classic martini glass, rimmed with brown sugar & spices mixture, and topped with whipped cream & crushed gingerbread biscuits
Cheers to not fitting in your clothes!
Even though discarding gluten from your diet might seem scary at the beginning, you will soon understand that most of the basic foods are naturally gluten-free, including:
Beans, nuts, and legumes
However, there are always exception so it is wise to always check the labels before buying any food products.
Grains and Cereals
The tricky part is grains and cereals.
When it comes to grains, there are many that do not contain gluten, some of which are widely available today, whereas others can be found in specialty or health food stores. Here are some examples: rice, potatoes, beans, soy, corn, millet, quinoa, amaranth, chia, flax, cassava, tapioca, etc.
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Note: Oats are naturally gluten-free but often processed with the same equipment used for wheat and often get contaminated. Make sure to check the label on all foods that contain oats like granola.
When buying cereals, make sure they have a “gluten-free” label as well. Bear in mind the most widely used cereals – puffed rice and corn- may contain additions that contain gluten.
Soups, Sauces and Processed Foods
Many soups and sauces, especially the creamy ones, use wheat as a thickener, so they contain gluten, as do many processed foods. For instance, even though fruits and veggies are naturally gluten-free, some smoothies may contain gluten.
Luckily, many foods that contain gluten have gluten-free alternatives that are widely available.
When it comes to beverages, most of them are gluten-free, with the exception of some beers & ales made from grains that contain gluten.
Amazing Savory Gluten-Free Recipes
Having a gluten allergy or simply not liking wheat doesn’t mean you’re condemned to dull food. Gluten-free recipes can be incredibly diverse. We offer a selection of specialties that include everything from meats to cakes, from vegan to vegetarian, each more delicious than the last.
Here’s how delicious gluten-free eating can be.
Mustard Pork Medallions
Tender slices of pork in a creamy garlic-and-mustard sauce make a satisfying—and surprisingly quick—supper. This recipe is also delicious prepared with boneless, skinless chicken breast and served over pasta. Note: When preparing meat dishes, check the additional ingredients like ketchup, vinegar, and pasta, to make sure they’re gluten-free.
Chicken Coconut Soup
This creamy, spicy recipe is reminiscent of coastal Thailand—it’s great for a winter weekend when you’d rather be on a tropical beach! Coconut milk is made by combining water with shredded coconut meat and pressing the mixture. Be sure to use coconut milk (which is from the ﬁrst pressing and has a higher fat content) for this recipe, not light coconut milk, which comes from the second pressing and has less fat. This soup will curdle if light coconut milk is used.
Baked Potato Puffs
Crispy on the outside and fantastically fluffy on the inside, these puffs show just how versatile the humble potato can be. Use sweet potatoes or rutabagas instead of the russets in Step 1 for a sweeter-tasting variation on this recipe.
Crisp broccoli is accented with red bell pepper, crunchy noodles and a toasted sesame dressing in this fast and easy salad.
Roasted Pearl Onions
Need something new for a side dish? Pearl onions have a mild, sweet ﬂavor, and roasting sweetens them even more. For extra color and ﬂavor, add 1 cup of red, yellow or green bell pepper chunks to the pearl onions.
Pigs in a Blanket
Packaged cornbread twists are the key to these miniature favorites. Quick and easy enough to be a fun after-school snack. These are a fun and easy snack for adults or kids. Try these tips:
- Serve Pigs in a Blanket with a variety of other sauces, such as spicy chili sauce.
- Make the dipping sauce up to 1 day ahead; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- For different tastes, try beef, turkey, Polish-style or cheese-filled sausages.
Note: Make sure the hot dogs/sausages, as well as any additions, are gluten-free.
With sautéed eggplant slices rolled up like pasta, this creative dish is a tempting cross between eggplant parmigiana and stuffed cannelloni. If you have leftover ham or chicken, add them to this recipe. Add ½ cup of cubed ham or ½ cup cooked chicken with the cheese mixture in Step 3 and continue with the rest of the steps.
Amazing Sweet Gluten- Free Recipes
Whether they’re an after-dinner treat or a special gift, homemade trufﬂes covered with cocoa, nuts or confectioners’ sugar never fail to please. You can use either a food processor or a coffee grinder to chop the hazelnuts. If using a processor, avoid packing in too many nuts at a time. Fit it with the metal blade and use the pulse setting to avoid over-processing, which turns the nuts into a paste.
Festive Cream and Nut Cake
With rich hazelnut ﬂavor in both the cake and the creamy frosting, this lusciously decorated cake will be the star of your next gathering!
Strawberry Meringue Cookies
These delightfully airy cookies are naturally low in fat, since they are made with just egg whites, sugar and salt. Spray the spatula with cooking spray to prevent the cookies from sticking when removing them from the baking sheet.
These little pyramid-shaped cookies include ground almonds and almond ﬂavoring for a subtle taste. Two kinds of sugar add the sweetness. For a tasty alternative, try mixing ⅓ cup blanched almonds with 9 ounces chopped marzipan. Place ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 egg whites and 1 tablespoon lemon zest in a food processor and process until combined. Use a teaspoon to spoon little mounds onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and bake at 475°F for 8–10 minutes.
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Mississippi Mud Tart
Made famous in the 1970’s, this delicious tart combines crumbly pastry with chocolate ﬁlling and swirls of whipped cream. Use any remaining chocolate squares to make a chocolate glaze. Chop 3 squares of semisweet chocolate and place in a microwave-safe bowl with 3 tablespoons each orange juice, butter, and sugar. Microwave on LOW until melted. Whisk until smooth. Cool, then pour over a slice of pound cake or scoop of ice cream.
Ready to explore some new flavors? Today, we’re revealing the best Lebanese foods.
Lebanese food is bursting with fresh ingredients, delicious mezze appetizers, rich tastes, vivid colors, and spices. But the best feature of this Middle Eastern cuisine is its hospitality. Lebanese foods are meant to be shared with friends, family, and even strangers.
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Lamb is the most commonly used meat variety and it appears in many dishes like kafta, but chicken and beef are also found in many recipes. Additions like lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil are a must if you want to recreate the flavors that make Lebanese food so unique and special. Fresh vegetables also find their way into dishes like tabbouleh and fattoush, making Lebanese food one of the healthiest on the planet.
Sfeeha – Lebanese Meat Pies
Sfeeha or Sfiha is pie-like Lebanese food (a similar dish is Turkish pide). The traditional version was made with ground mutton, whereas modern versions usually call for beef or lamb. Other toppings include cheese, vegetables, and curd. Also, sfeehas used to be wrapped pies, whereas today they are round, open-face pies or folded into triangles.
Laban – Lebanese Yogurt Sauce
Laban is a cool and creamy yogurt sauce consisting of yogurt, mint, garlic, and lemon juice. It is a perfect addition to grilled meat dishes, fish like salmon, dolma, sfeeha pies, or tabbouleh. Absolutely refreshing!
Kafta is a meatloaf or meatball dish found in Middle Eastern, South Asian, Central Asian, and Balkan countries. The simplest form of kafta is made with ground or minced meat (chicken, beef, lamb, or pork) plus onions and spices. In Lebanon, it is usually made with ground beef onion, allspice, black pepper, parsley, and salt.
Kusa – Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini
Kusa are zucchini stuffed with a mixture of meat and rice, commonly seasoned with garlic and dried mint. Tip: The best zucchini type for this Lebanese food is the Lebanese zucchini which is smaller and light-green in color. The recipe is easy to be turned vegetarian by simply replacing the commonly used beef with chickpeas.
Lebanon and Israel are having a long-term quarrel about who invented this popular food. Currently, Lebanon holds the Guinness Record for the largest dish of hummus in the world. The dish was prepared by 300 cooks and weighed over 10,000 kg. It was made using the usual ingredients – boiled chickpeas, tahini butter, olive oil, and lemon juice.
Lebanese Potato Salad
Ordinary potato salad gets an exotic twist with the addition of tangy lemon vinaigrette and fresh mint. It is quick, easy, vegan, dairy-free, and perfect for hot summer nights. (The name ‘Leposa’ in this recipe is coined using the first two letters of each word in ‘Lebanese Potato Salad’!)
Hushwee is a staple Lebanese food, simple yet full of flavors. It is composed of ground meat cooked in ghee, complemented with toasted pine nuts and cinnamon. This mixture can be used for sfeeha pies, eggplant mousakas, or for stuffing veggies (dolma). It can be also combined with baked or mashed potatoes or pita bread. Bonus for all those following special diets – this Lebanese food is paleo and gluten-free!
Fattoush is a salad composed of pieces of toasted or fried flatbread and vegetables (mostly greens, tomatoes, and radishes), plus herbs to taste. One of the special features of this Lebanese food is that the veggies are cut in quite large pieces. However, the two ingredients that give fattoush its special, sour flavor are staghorn sumac and purslane. The former is red berries, usually sold ground, whereas the latter is a green with a tangy, lemony flavor.
Tabbouleh is a salad/dish consisting of bulgur and finely chopped veggies, most commonly tomatoes and onion, seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, mint, and salt. In Lebanon, it is made with more parsley, sometimes replacing bulgur with quinoa, and served as mezze.
Mujaddara is a dish made with cooked brown lentils and rice, and garnished with caramelized onions. In Lebanon, there are two versions of this dish – mujaddara, which is a puréed version with a consistency similar to rice pudding, and mudardara, made with whole lentils and rice. Both versions are often served with Laban.
Also called ‘Shish taouk’, this Lebanese food is traditionally made with marinated chicken. It can be served in two different ways, depending on the country and region – on a platter, along with veggies, French fries, and/or rice, or as a sandwich in many Levantine countries. The former version in Lebanon is commonly accompanied by a garlic paste sauce called toum, tabbouleh, and/or hummus. The latter version comes in a flatbread and is combined with tomatoes, lettuce, and pickled turnips.
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Hummus is not the only amazing dip/spread coming from the Levantine countries. Toum (which translates as “garlic”) is a sauce composed of garlic, olive oil or vegetable oil, lemon juice, and salt, all traditionally crushed together in a wooden mortar with a pestle (one of the Lebanese versions also calls for mint). Toum is usually used as a dip, especially with chicken dishes and sandwiches.
It’s time for our favorite Christmas traditions – baking cookies. I mean, what would Christmas be without cookies? From the classic sugar cookies and gingerbread men to raspberry linzers and snowcaps, your family and friends won’t be able to resist these Christmas cuties for sure.
We’re offering a selection of Christmas cookies that look amazing even without extra decoration, along with tips and tricks to make the most of them. Just make sure to save some for Santa!
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Forget about counting calories during the holiday season and bake away!
The beauty of these cookies is that they can be cut into various shapes, from stars to little people. Tip: If you don’t have the molasses required in the recipe, substitute an equal amount of sorghum or honey. Honey gives the gingerbread cookies a milder taste but equally sweet and delicious. Plus, it makes them a bit healthier!
Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Nothing looks more festive on the holiday table than a tray of these Christmas cookies. A variation of Linz, Austria’s famous linzertorte, these buttery cuties feature a rich dough packed with jam and ﬂavored with ground almonds. The fillings can vary from lemon curd to raspberry jam. Don’t forget to dust them with confectioners’ sugar to bring the snow to your dining room!
Merry Christmas Cookies
Fun to make and fun to eat, these festive cookies are a holiday present the whole family will enjoy. Brighten any holiday by making these easy cookies with the kids and save the recipe – you can vary the decorations for Easter, Valentine’s Day or Halloween.
With macadamia nuts and a “cap” of sprinkle-covered chocolate, these buttery Christmas cookies will make you forget about everyday chocolate chip cookies. Pecans, walnuts or other favorite nuts can be used in place of the macadamia nuts. Extra tip: Substitute the chocolate candy with pastel-colored candy disks for a holiday twist.
One taste of these Christmas cookies will take you back to your childhood and baking cookies with mom. This recipe is one of our favorites to prepare around the holidays because it is so easy and yields a big batch of cookies. Tip: Put the gingersnaps in stacks of 10 or 12 cookies and wrap them in plastic wrap. Then, tie the plastic wrap with a pretty ribbon. That way, when unexpected guests or even carolers came to the door, you will have a special little gift ready.
Chocolate Berry Thumbprints
Looking for something delicious to perk up your tea or coffee on the Christmas morning? The tartness of raspberry jam sparkles in contrast to the deep chocolate makes them the best choice. Tip: Fill these cookies with a different kind of jam. Any jelly or seedless preserves can be used. Try orange marmalade, apricot jam or cherry preserves—create your own dazzling flavor combination! Extra tip:
Make these Christmas cookies even prettier with a glaze. Place 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in a small bowl. Stir in 2–3 teaspoons water until the mixture is a glazing consistency. Drizzle the glaze over.
Glazed Cinnamon Cookies
These sweet and spicy treats have a nutty, cinnamon ﬁlling rolled up inside a sugar cookie dough and a drizzle of sweet glaze over the top. Give these cookies a sweet and tangy twist. Add 4 tablespoons of chopped dried cranberries, raisins or dried cherries to the filling. en stand back and watch them disappear!
Invite guests or treat yourself to a hot cup and some of these crisp, buttery cookies decked with colorful bits of fruit. Tip: Make these basic cookies with any kind of dried fruit or nut that you like. Pecans pair beautifully with the buttery taste, and you can add golden raisins for sweetness.
Chocolate Meringue Cookies
Light as air, these delicate meringue cookies are an old-fashioned treat, perfect for special occasions and holiday cookie trays. Tip: Add a little drama—and extra flavor—to these pretty cookies by dipping them in chocolate. Just melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Dip the bottoms of the cooled cookies in the chocolate and let stand on parchment paper until the chocolate is set. Peel away the parchment and serve.
These classic butter cookies certainly melt away any resistance—you can’t eat just one! They may be classic, but they never get tiresome! Tip: It’s important to measure out the dough 1 tsp. at a time so that the cookies area uniform size and bake evenly. If the dough gets too soft to work with, chill it for 15 minutes.
The addition of chocolate will turn any good cookie into a Christmas delight! And for this recipe, you don’t even need fancy baking equipment. However, parchment baking paper is a must, to cover the baking sheets when baking these Christmas cookies. The reason is that they tend to stick to baking sheets more than other cookies, so you might lose half the cookies! Parchment is simple to use and ensured that these cookies just slid off the sheet.
Currant Griddle Cookies
These rich Christmas cookies are slightly biscuit-like, something like Scottish scones, so you can serve them along with tea or coffee (milk for the little ones), offering soft butter and strawberry jam as accompaniments.
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Orange Frost Cookies
Christmas cookies with a hint of summer? You got it! The icing for these cookies is a thin glaze. Tip: For a neater holiday look, make the mixture thicker, like frosting, and spread it on each cookie individually. To do this, reduce the amount of orange juice to 1 tablespoon.