December is here and we cannot stop thinking about the Christmas holidays that are soon coming. All the presents, all the joy and Christmas spirit, all the lights, these are just part of the things we cannot wait for. And yet, we should not forget one important thing about the Christmas holidays – the delicious meals. The whole family gathers around the table and enjoy their meals.
And what better gift for your relatives than something made from you and that everyone can enjoy? We are talking about cookies, and probably some other delights that will make your holidays even sweeter. Here are the cookie recipes that will fill you with Christmas spirit. So, you will still have time to practice before Christmas day is here!
Recipe #1 Christmas Candy Cane Cookies
Canes are one of the symbols of Christmas, and as a matter of fact it is not that difficult to make some canes of dough. So, if you are worried that you are not going to be able to do them. Here is what you will need:
1 package of Cookie dough (there are special sugar cookie mixes, but you can do it yourself with some water, dough and sugar)
1/3 cup of butter (some people use margarine, but it is not very healthy, so try to avoid it)
A couple of red and greed food color drops
First, you will need to preheat the oven to 375 degrees F so that you do not have to wait later when the canes are ready to be baked.
Then get a large bowl and the dough, the butter and the egg. Make sure that you mix them well. You can do this with your hands or in a blender.
Then, when the dough is ready, divide it into 2 equal parts. Then leave aside one of the two parts, and divide the other one again in two equal halves.
You need to add the red drops to the first part of the dough, and the green one in the second part of it. So, now you will have some red, some green and some white dough.
It is time to make the canes. Take a piece of the white dough, it should be about the amount of one tablespoon, and make it as long as two times your index finger. Then take the same amount of the red dough and do the same.
The last thing you need to do is to start twisting the red dough around the white one. You have to be careful to leave equal parts of the white dough between the red one.
Then repeat the same thing again, but this time use the green dough. And repeat until all the dough is turned into canes.
Some people find it easier if they have cane cooking forms, but if you do not have such, you can do it on your own, without any tools.
When the canes are ready, bake them in the oven for about 7-8 minutes. Then remove from the stove and leave them aside to cool down.
You can add any decorations to them if you like.
Recipe #2 Peanut butter cookies
Some people think that if you want to have a delicious meal, you have to add the entire kitchen in the recipe, otherwise it will not work. Well, it is needless to say that this is not true. You can have, for example, amazing peanut butter cookies, using only 3 ingredients. And it is as delicious as you would never imagine. So, here is what this recipe is about:
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
As you can notice, the amount of the ingredients is not huge, but if you like to make more cookies, you will just have to double or triple the amount, but mainly follow the measures.
First, again you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Then get a bowl and put all the ingredients in it and mix them well. You can use a cooking spoon, or if you want to make your life easier, just put them in a blender.
Then, when the mixture has turned into homogeneous paste, get a piece of it and make a small bowl. Try to make them about 1 inch big, but it is not necessary.
Make all of the paste in balls. Put them in a large baking tin and bake them until they turn gold-brown. It will take you not more than 10 minutes, so you need to watch them.
And this is it. Serve them cooled down. You can also decorate them if you like. You can sprinkle them with some coconut to make it look like snow has covered them.