An Easy, Yet Delicious Last Minute Christmas Cookie Recipe
Knowing very well that most of us have a few Christmas cookie recipes in our back pockets, I think that you can never have enough, when it comes to good recipes.
I love the Festive Season and all that it brings. From decorating christmas tree,the pure white falling snow, to the wonderful smell of freshly baked cookies. Am definitely one of those moms that get very excited like a little child, when Christmas is approaching and I make it a point to involve my kids in most of the christmas fun activities.
Making and baking cookies, is one thing that every child likes to be apart of. Plus the best part is that, you have total control of how much sugar should go in your cookie dough and there is no price, for that look of pride on your children’s face when you pull out the first tray of freshly baked cookies, that they made from the oven.
Although I have a good amount of cookie recipes, my almond cookie dough is one that is very easy to make and taste really good. To start, you will need:
All purpose flour 2 Cups (260 g)
Granulated white sugar ½ Cup (100 g)
Brown sugar ½ Cup (100 g)
Unsalted butter ¾ Cup (170 g) at room temperature
Sliced Almonds 1 Cup (90 g)
Large egg 1
Baking soda 1 teaspoon
Ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon
Vanilla extract 1½ teaspoon
Put sliced almonds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 15 minutes or until you start to smell the almond nuts. This step intensifies the taste of the nuts, but it is totally optional.
Measure all the dry ingredients into one big bowl and whisk with a wire whisk to combine. In another bowl, using a hand mixer or if you are adventurous, you can use a wooden spoon to make this cookie dough.
Mix the butter until it gets creamy,add both sugar and mix for about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract, mix for another 3 minutes. Now add the flour mix, almonds and mix well until you see no trace of flour, this may take another 3 minutes.
Using a plastic wrap, divide your cookie dough into two and wrap each dough into a ball form, then refrigerate for 2 hours.
Put a small amount of flour on your working surface and on your rolling-pin. Roll your cookie dough flat and using a cookie cutter form of your choice, dip the cookie cutter into flour as well and start cutting out your cookies. Lay them on a baking tray lined with baking sheet.
If you find your cookie dough is getting too soft, just put it back into the refrigerator and chill for a while and if it is too hard to roll,let it sit out on your kitchen counter for a few minutes then try rolling again.
Ones all your cookies are cut, put the baking sheet with the cookies into the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes –1 hour. Meanwhile, Pre–heat your Oven to 177°c /350°f
Bake cookies between 10–14 minutes. If you want a bit of crunch on the outside but kind of soft in the inside, then bake for 10 minutes, but if you want really crunchy cookies like I do,then 14 minutes will give you that perfect crunch.
As easy as this cookie dough is, it tastes amazing and I want you to try it this christmas and trust me when I say your entire Family will love it. Thank you for reading and I wish you a very Merry Christmas.