When we think about end-of-year celebrations, we immediately imagine delicious Christmas cookies. Christmas that would embalm the whole house. This tradition, inherited from our grandmothers, is still present in our culture and will certainly delight your taste buds. If you’re new to cooking or looking for easy recipe ideas to make these little treats, look no further! Today we offer a simple and delicious recipe for grandma’s Christmas cookies.
Required ingredients and utensils
For this recipe to be a success, you will need a few basic ingredients as well as some simple utensils. Here’s what you need:
- 250g flour
- 125 g softened butter
- 100g of refined sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- A bit of salt
- Icing sugar for decoration (optional)
- Cookie cutters of different shapes to cut out cookies (stars, trees, hearts, etc.)
- A roll
- A wooden whisk or spatula
- A salad bowl
- Parchment paper
Preparing the cookie dough
Now that you have all the necessary ingredients and utensils, it’s time to prepare the cookie dough.
- Start by sifting the flour into a salad bowl. Add the icing sugar, yeast and a pinch of salt. Mix everything well.
- Then, gradually incorporate the softened butter cut into small pieces. To obtain a homogeneous paste, work it with your fingertips until it resembles coarse sand.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again to combine everything. Knead lightly until you get a compact, non-sticky ball of dough.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This resting time will allow the butter to harden and the dough to firm up, making it easier to distribute and cut.
Shape and bake cookies
Once the cookie dough has rested, it is ready to be shaped and baked. Follow these steps:
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (th.6).
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin until approximately 3 mm thick. Follow this tip to roll out the dough easily: place it between two sheets of baking paper to avoid adding too much flour and make rolling easier.
- Cut out the cookies using the cutters of your choice.
- Place the cookies on a tray lined with parchment paper, spacing them enough to prevent them from sticking together during baking.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. For crispier cookies, you can bake them for a few more minutes.
- Let the cookies cool on a wire rack before handling them. If you want to decorate them with powdered sugar, wait until they cool completely.
Decorate and store cookies
Now that your cookies are baked and cooled, all that’s left to do is decorate them! Of course this step is optional, but it will add an extra festive touch to your Christmas cookies. Here are some ideas:
- Simply dust the cookies with powdered sugar using a fine-mesh sieve or sieve. This will give them a nice snowy appearance.
- Prepare royal icing by beating one egg white with powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. You can separate this mixture into several bowls to add different food colorings.
- Using a piping bag or a small plastic bag from which you cut a corner, decorate your cookies according to your imagination.
- You can also use Christmas cookie decorating accessories, such as sprinkles and edible glitter.
Once the cookies are decorated, store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh and crunchy. The cookies can easily be kept for a week or more.
To vary your pleasures, don’t hesitate to try different flavors. Here are some suggestions:
- Add spices to the cookie dough: cinnamon, ginger, allspice…
- Add cocoa powder for a chocolate version.
- Use a Breton cookie base to revisit these traditional Christmas cookies.
- Put a little spread or jam in the middle of two cookies to make it even more delicious.
Now that you’ve mastered this delicious recipe for grandma’s Christmas cookies, it’s your turn! And most of all, don’t forget to share these little treats with your loved ones during the end of the year celebrations.