Just to get you started towards the Christmas excitement!

The 105th Santa Claus Parade 2009, Toronto, On...

The 105th Santa Claus Parade 2009, Toronto, Ontario (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Five Wonderful Cookie Recipes

Oh the weather outside is frightful,  not really, but tomorrow signals the start of everyone thinking about Christmas!  Here in Toronto, we have the annual Santa Claus parade happening. It is the 108th Annual Santa Claus parade and after the Big Guy (Santa) makes his first public appearance, all the stops are pulled and Christmas shopping starts!  You will not be able to enter a mall, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, without hearing something about Christmas.

In order to make things a little more seasonal on Grammie’s newsletter, we will bring you some really easy to make cookies, so that when the time comes for all those parties and such, your baking will be done and you can relax and enjoy.

Here’s hoping that you will take some time and enjoy making these delicacies for you and your families!

1. Grammie’s Favourite Cocoa Cookies

Butter                                             1/4 cup

Sugar                                              1 cup

Large egg                                        1 egg

Milk                                                 6 tablespoons

Vanilla                                            1/2t teaspoon

All purpose flour                           2 cups

Cocoa (Nestle’s Quik)*                1/2 cup

Baking Soda                                   1 tablespoon

Salt                                                   1/4 Teaspoon

Cream together the butter and sugar until light, add egg and beat again until well blended.  Add milk and vanilla and beat well.

Add flour, cocoa (Nestle’s Quik for a sweeter taste), baking soda and salt.  Mix well.

Roll out dough 1/4 thick, on a floured surface.  Cut with cookie cutters and  arrange on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  These can be decorated with piped icing after they have cooled.   Makes about 4 dozen depending on how big the cookie cutters are.

2.  Merry Christmas Fruit Cookies

Glazed cherries, quartered or

chopped fairly big in a food processor.       2 cups

Dark raisins                                                     1&1/2  cups

red and green pineapple rings                       4 of each colour

all purpose flour                                               1/2 cup

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Butter or hard margarine(softened)            1 pound

Granulated sugar                                              2 cups

Large eggs                                                           3

Vanilla                                                                  1 Teaspoon

Almond flavouring                                             1/2 Teaspoon

Bakeing powder                                                   1 Teaspoon

Baking soda                                                           1 Teaspoon

Ground cinnamon                                                1/2 Teaspoon

All purpose flour                                                   4 & 1/2 cups

Take the first 6 ingredients, all the fruit and coat them using the 1/2 cup of flour.

Cream the butter and sugar well in a large bowl.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add vanilla  and almond flavouring.

In a separate bowl, stir baking powder, baking soda, into the 4 & 1/2 cups of flour.  Add the fruit mixture and stir.  Add the flour mixture to the batter and keep stirring in until it is too hard to mix with mixer.  Work the rest of the flour in by hand kneading until it is all mixed in.

Roll the dough into logs about 6 inches long and 1 & 1/2 inches round.  Wrap the logs into waxed paper and chill for about 1 hour.

Remove from the fridge and cut into 1/4 inch slices.  Arrange the slices on a greased cookie sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until they are golden in colour.

3.  Christmas Trees

Butter or hard margarine                                    1/2 cup

Icing sugar                                                              2 cups

Milk                                                                          3 tablespoons

Medium coconut                                                    3 cups

Vanilla or mint flavouring                                    1/2 teaspoon

Green food colouring

White baking chocolate squares                         4 x 1 ounce

Melt the butter or margarine in a large saucepan.  Remove from heat and stir in the icing sugar and milk.

Mix in the coconut and vanilla.   Add enough food colouring to tint the batter a nice green colour.  Shape into small balls about 1 inch in diameter, squeeze the balls so that they become triangular in shape.  Put on a tray and refrigerate overnight uncovered, to dry.

Melt chocolate in a saucepan on the lowest heat, stir often.  Dip the cones into the white chocolate to make it look like snow, or you can drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the cones and let it run down the sides.

Double the recipe and you will have about 60 little trees to spread around your cookie tray, they will disappear quickly.

4. Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Butter or har margarine softened             3/4 cup

Granulated sugar                                          3/4 cup

Large egg                                                        1

Vanilla                                                             1 Teaspoon

All purpose flour                                           2 cups

Baking soda                                                    1 teaspoon

Cream of tartar                                              1 teaspoon

Cardamom (optional)                                  1/4 teaspoon

Salt                                                                   1/4 teaspoon

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl, add egg and vanilla beating well after each addition.

Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.  Stir into batter gently.

Roll out dough on a floured surface to a 1/8 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Cool and decorate!

Alternately, you can add sugar sprinkles before baking, or decorate these cookies after cooling with icing sugar.

5.  Spritz Cookies (with 3 extra options)

Butter or hard margarine (softened)                        1 cup

Cream cheese                                                                 4 ounces

Granulated sugar                                                           1 cup

large eggs                                                                         2

Vanilla                                                                              1 & 1/2 teaspoons

Salt                                                                                     1/4 teaspoon

All purpose flour                                                             3 cups

******Sugar sprinkles, red and green cherries, coloured sugar********

Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl.  Beat eggs in one at a time mixing well after each addition.   add vanilla and salt. Beat well.

Add flour, working into batter slowly and mixing well.  Fill a cookie press or piping bag with a large tip and press out your choice of design onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate with your choice of cherries, sprinkles or coloured sugars.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes until cookies are set or slightly golden.

*************OPTIONAL ADDITIONS****************

For Chocolate Spritz, exchange 6 tablespoons of flour with 6 tablespoons of cocoa.

Orange Spritz

Add 2 teaspoons of finely grated orange zest and 1/2 teaspoons of orange flavouring to the mixture before baking.

Chocolate Orange Spritz

Do both steps above adding just a little more orange flavouring to balance the chocolate.

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With these five recipes you will have a great start to your holiday baking.  Everytime you are going somewhere to visit, make sure you bring a nice plate full of these Christmas delights and your friends and family will be smiling with happiness.

Double the recipes and you will have some to put into the freezer, so that when Christmas does come (and it will), you will also have some goodies all ready for your own family to enjoy!

Happy Baking and remember that Santa’s elves can never start too early!

2 Responses to Just to get you started towards the Christmas excitement!

  1. Erika Sage says:

    Awh – no recipe for Dad’s oven exploding Baserlakerlies ?

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