Saturday, November 30, 2013

Josh's first christmas cookies

These are officially Josh's first ever Christmas cookies =)

It's a recipe by my uni mate, Emma, and I made some minor changes to them and loved how they turned out to be.


O Christmas tree.. O Christmas tree...

Here's the recipe that makes 6 big cookies and 14 small ones.

  • 125g butter, at room temperature, cut into little chunks
  • 1/4 cup molasses sugar (I reduced this to 3tbsp) (for info on baking with molasses, please refer here)
  • 1 cup/ 180g all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp cocoa powder (which you may also change into green tea powder for a green color Christmas tree)
Combine sifted flour, cinnamon, cocoa powder and salt. In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter until fluffy, add sugar, and continue to beat until fluffy. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed, scraping sides if necessary, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers.
Roll out dough to about 1cm thickness. Refrigerate until firm, at least 15-20 minutes. Cut out shapes using desired cookie cutter, and transfer to prepared baking sheets (I used a glove when doing these so that the warmth of my palm won't soften the dough too fast).
Chill if dough is too soft. Preheat oven to 165deg C. 
Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
**I made a mistake by having a tray of mixed size cookies. The small sized cookies burn easily before the bigger ones get done. So I should perhaps remove the small sized ones earlier.

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