I didn’t mean to disappear for 2 weeks, but I was fighting a cold last week and honestly just didn’t feel like I had the energy to put together a post. Since I’m now feeling better, I figured it was about time that I shared with you two recipes for the most amazing Christmas cookies you could ever hope to make. (Possibly a small exaggeration, but they are definitely amazing!)
This first recipe might seem normal, but once you start eating them, you might not be able to stop. You can get 2-3 dozen, depending on how big you make yours. My SIL and I made them one afternoon while our hubbies were golfing; honestly, the boys were lucky there were any left when they got home. They just have this perfect balance of saltiness and spices that keeps you coming back over and over again. As a bonus, these are incredibly easy to make and smell amazing while they bake.
Chewy Gingerbread Cookies (from Back to Her Roots)
3/4 c. softened butter
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1/4 c. molasses
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 c. flour
- In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugars til light and fluffy. Add in the molasses, egg, and vanilla and mix til well combined.
- Add in the baking soda, spices, and 1/2 tsp. salt and mix til just combined. Add in the flour and mix til well combined. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, then roll each ball in sugar. Place each cookie 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 11-12 minutes, or til the cookies just begin to crack and the edges start to brown. (The original recipe says to cook only 7-8 minutes, but both my SIL and I needed a few more minutes for our cookies to bake through completely. I’d recommend checking yours around 8 minutes, but leave them in a few more minutes if they don’t seem set.)
- Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then cool completely on a wire rack.
Though these other cookies don’t have the addictive salty/spicy component, they are still my favorites. They taste almost exactly like these amazing German lebkuchen that my best friend and I wait for every year. (Have I ever mentioned that cinnamon, cloves, and orange are one of the most magical flavor combos available? These make your whole house smell like Christmas.) Now I can make my own anytime I want and spend less money. Score!! Though there are a few steps involved here, these are still fairly easy to make, and they’re definitely worth it. SOOOOOO good!! It makes about 60 small cookies, but they last longer than you think.
Glazed Orange Spice Cookies (from Eat the Love)
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. Dutch process cocoa
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. whole milk
Zest of 2 oranges
2 c. confectioner’s sugar
1/4 c. orange juice
- Place the flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, and baking powder in a medium bowl and whisk together. Make a well in the middle and add in the eggs, oil, milk, and orange zest; stir til a rough dough forms. Knead the dough by hand til all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Cover and let rest 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment. Pull 1/4 of the dough out at a time. Roll the dough into a 1/2-3/4 inch thick rope and flatten slightly to about 1 inch wide. Cut into diamonds about 1 1/2 in. long (gnocchi-sized). Place on the baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake 9-11 minutes or til a cookie in the middle of the pan is dry to the touch and feels set. Let rest on a pan for 5-7 minutes, then finish cooling on a wire rack.
- In a bowl, mix together the confectioner’s sugar and orange juice. Dip the cookies in the glaze, shake off the excess, and place back on the wire rack. Let the glaze set overnight before transferring to an airtight container.
Sorry if I’m messing up your New Year’s diet, but I just had to share these amazing cookies. Hope you had a good holiday! I’ve enjoyed the time with my family and friends, but I’m also glad to get back to my normal routine.