12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 11-Cranberry & Coconut Cookies

Coconut and cranberry are a brilliant combination, so I thought I would incorporate them into cookies. I think they look quite festive with flecks of red from the cranberries, and a sprinkle of white coconut. Give them a go and let me know what you think!

I used a basic sugar cookie dough recipe, as seen in my last post, but added extra ingredients.

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Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups softened butter

2 cups caster sugar 

4 eggs 

5 cups plain flour 

2 tsp baking powder 

1 tsp salt 

Dried cranberries

Desiccated coconut 

Method 

Pre-heat oven to 200°c. Line a baking tray with grease0proof paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs to the mixture. In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Slowly add in the flour mixture to the liquid mix. Once the dough is formed, add in the desiccated coconut and dried cranberries and fold the dough until evenly mixed. 

Cover the dough and chill for at least an hour. 

Take around half a table spoon full of the dough and roll into balls, and place evenly spread apart onto the lined baking tray. 

Bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle a little bit of the desiccated coconut on top of the cookies. 

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Enjoy!

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 10- Sugar Cookie Ornaments

This recipe is super versatile. The dough can be used for a variety of cookies. Today I made the dough into Christmas ornaments, fit for your tree!

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Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups softened butter

2 cups caster sugar 

4 eggs 

5 cups plain flour 

2 tsp baking powder 

1 tsp salt 

Method 

Pre-heat oven to 200°c. Line a baking tray with grease0proof paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs to the mixture. In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Slowly add in the flour mixture to the liquid mix. 

Cover the dough and chill for at least an hour. 

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut your desired shapes. 

Bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before decorating. 

Mix up your desired icing and decorate as you like! 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 9- Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

For day 9 I decided to do a little twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. These chewy dark double chocolate cookies have a sprinkle of crushed candy cane on top to add a Christmas twist.

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Ingredients 

125g softened butter 

150g light brown sugar 

1 large egg 

150g plain flour 

2 tbsp cocoa powder 

1 tsp baking soda 

125g melted dark chocolate 

250g chopped up dark chocolate chunks or chips 

Crushed candy canes  

Method 

Preheat oven to 180°c. Line a flat baking tray with grease proof paper. 

Cream together the butter and sugar until creamy and light, then add in the egg until well combined. Mix the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda in a separate bowl, then melt the dark chocolate. Slowly add in the flour mixture and melted dark chocolate to the butter and sugar mix and blend together until a dough is formed. Add in the dark chocolate chips and mix in well. 

Measure out 1/2 tbsp of the dough and roll into balls. Place evenly spaced out on the baking tray and bake until the edges are firmed for 10-12 minutes. 

Once the cookies are baked, remove from the oven and sprinkle the crushed candy cane over the top of the cookies before they are cooled, this will ensure the candy cane adheres to the cookies. 

Enjoy!

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 8- Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti are hard Italian biscuits. They are traditionally made with hazelnut and aniseed but can be flavoured with a variety of other nuts and fruit. Today I made festive biscotti, with flecks of green pistachios and red cranberries, with a sprinkle of icing sugar for added sweetness!

Biscotti are hard and crunchy because they are twice-cooked (‘bis’ is Italian for twice and ‘cotti’ for cooked).

Give them a go and let me know what you think!

 

Ingredients 

4 tbs olive oil 

150g caster sugar

2 tsp maple syrup 

2 eggs 

225g plain flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

Dried cranberries

Pistachios (shelled)

 

Method 

Pre-heat oven to 150°c. Line flat baking tray with grease-proof paper. 

Mix together the oil and sugar, then beat in the eggs and maple syrup. In a separate bowl mix together the plain flour, salt and baking powder, and then gradually stir into the liquid mixture. 

Once the dough is formed, divide in half, and then wet your hands with cool water, as this will make handling the sticky dough a bit easier. Mould the dough into two log shapes and place onto the baking tray. 

Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 140°c. Use a sharp knife and cut the log into thick diagonal slices, and lay them on their sides. Place back into the oven for about 8-10 minutes to allow them to dry and crisp up. 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 7- Cranberry & Orange Shortbread

 

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Ingredients 

1/2 pound caster sugar

1 pound butter

1 1/2 pounds plain flour

Cranberries 

Zest of 1/2 a large orange 

Method 

Pre heat oven to 200°c.

Line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Cream the sugar and butter together and then slowly add the flour and mix until a soft dough forms. Add in the cranberries and orange zest and mix until well combined. 

Roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut out your desired shapes- I used Christmas themed stars, trees and ‘gingerbread men’! 

Place the shapes onto the lined baking tray and sprinkle with a little bit of sugar. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes, checking frequently.

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Enjoy!

 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 2-Chocolate Chip Snowballs

I like to describe this recipe as a chocolate chip cookie with a festive twist! They are very simple to make. Give them a go, and let me know what you think.

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Ingredients 

2 cups sifted flour 

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter 

1/2 cup sugar 

1 egg

1 cup chopped nuts (I used chopped pecans) 

1 cup chocolate chips 

Powdered/Icing sugar 

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Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°c. Line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper. 

Sift the flour and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, then add in the egg and mix well. Blend in the flour and salt mixture, along with the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. 

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and spread them evenly onto the baking sheet. 

Bake the cookies for around 15-20 minutes. 

Once baked, remove from oven and let them cool. Once cool, roll the cookies in powdered/icing sugar.

 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

 

December 1st marks the most wonderful time of the year for many reasons, but one of my favourite things about the holiday season is Christmas baking! Theres nothing better than staying cosy in the kitchen baking up some spiced treats to share with family & friends.

To celebrate this I’m going to share with you 12 different Christmas themed cookie/biscuit recipes. Some of them have been family favourites over the years, and others I’ll be experimenting with.

So please let me know what you think, and feel free to share your favourite Christmas recipes. I love discovering some new bakes!

Stay tuned! 

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