3 Cookie Recipes Santa Won’t Pass Up

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What do you usually leave Santa on Christmas Eve... a dry mince pie, a tot of whisky or just some milk? And what about Rudolf? This year, why not leave them a special treat and bake some yummy Christmas cookies. Here are three simple recipes that will get you an extra present in your stocking
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Why bake?

Making Christmas cookies is so easy, the whole family can get involved and you even have the option of making up the dough and storing it in the fridge for up to two weeks before you bake them, or longer in the freezer. You can make lots of batches before the craziness of Christmas begins then just bung some in the oven as and when required. 

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Super-cute iced cookies

These fun cookies are not just nice for Santa, they make excellent presents for teachers too. Try wrapping them in cellophane and tie with a fancy ribbon – they look fantastic!
 



Prepare
            •          200g self-raising four
            •          100g caster sugar
            •          100g butter cut into cubes (plus extra for greasing)
            •          1 large egg lightly beaten
            •          1 tsp vanilla extract
            •          Christmas cookie cutters
            •          Sugar paste
            •          Food colouring
            •          various sprinkles
            •          mini smarties or any sweets that are good for decorating
 
Grease two baking trays and pre-heat the oven to 180°c/350°f/Gas 4

Make
Combine the sugar and flour, then rub in the butter until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the beaten egg and the vanilla and mix until it forms a dough.
 
Roll
Roll out to 0.5cm thickness, cut out shapes and place on greased baking trays.
 
Bake
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden. Move to a wire rack and once completely cool you can get on with the fun part.
 
Decorate
No holds barred! Use whatever decorative items you deem necessary. Have fun mixing sugar paste with food colouring – remember to be conservative with the colouring, and keep rolling the paste in your hand until the colour has completely combined. Use the sprinkles cleverly – smarties as buttons for father Christmas or snowmen, for example.
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Delicious Chocolate Orange Chip Cookies

Santa will love these with a glass of milk, and Rudolf probably won't turn his nose up either. These chocolate chip cookies have a seasonal twist and are so easy you can make a batch a day for the whole 12 days!  The variations are limitless, but we particularly like the cranberry and cinnamon alternative, which fills the house with a glorious Christmassy aroma.

Prepare
            •          250g plain flour
            •          Half a teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
            •          Half a teaspoon salt
            •          170g unsalted butter (plus extra for greasing)
            •          200g dark brown soft sugar
            •          100g caster sugar
            •          1 egg
            •          1 egg yolk
            •          325g chocolate orange – chopped in small chunks
 
Grease two baking trays and pre-heat the oven to 180°c/350°f/Gas 4
 
Make
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt and set aside. Carefully melt the butter and mix this into both sugars until they have dissolved and the mixture is well blended, then beat in both eggs. Once it’s nice and creamy slowly add in the sifted ingredients until the ingredients are just combined – do not over mix. Finally add in the chocolate chips. For an extra Christmassy cookie, add a teaspoon of cinnamon and replace the chocolate chips with cranberries. At this stage you can wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge.
 
Roll
Easy peasy – no rolling pin required! Just roll into walnut-sized balls and place them on the baking trays.
 
Bake
Bake for 15 minutes – keeping an eye on them. Leave for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
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Traditional Spiced Christmas Cookies

A little more sophisticated and just as yummy are these delicate little spiced biscuits. The smell while they are baking is amazing and you can spend hours decorating them with icing and sprinkles. 


Prepare
            •          170g butter (plus extra for greasing)
            •          85g dark brown sugar
            •          2tsp ginger
            •          2tsp cinnamon
            •          grated orange zest
            •          Christmas cookie cutters
            •          Rolling pin
            •          Icing Sugar and piping bag or white icing pen
            •          Sugar paste
            •          silver sprinkle balls

Grease two baking trays and pre-heat the oven to 180°c/350°f/Gas mark 4

Mix
So, this is so easy. Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and pale, then just throw in the rest of the ingredients, give it a really good mix until combined and that is it! Squish the dough into a disk shape (about an inch thick) then wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for a couple of hours – you can skip this part if you want, but it makes it far easier to roll and makes for a better biscuit.

Roll
Once you are ready, roll out the dough to 0.25cm thickness – these need to be thin, delicate biscuits. Carefully cut out and place on the the baking trays – allowing for a little spread.

Bake
Bake them for 15 minutes  (but keep an eye on them after 10 minutes).

Decorate
These delicate biscuits need delicate decorating. Wait until the biscuits are completely cold then mix your icing sugar as per the pack instruction, then use your piping bag with its thinnest pipe and carefully decorate. If you don't fancy using a piping bag or you have junior chefs then get hold of some icing pens – they are marvellous for the unsteady hand and there is no mixing required. Finally add silver balls where necessary.
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