Ah, Cookies… cookies, at Chrismas Time

When it comes to the holidays one has to have a few different types of baked goods around. My favourite at Christmas time is ginger cookies.  So I am going to share two of my ginger cookie recipes.

Recipe 1

Traditional Ginger Cookies.

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You want these to be soft.  So try not to over cook theses.

1 cup of white sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup of butter, softened

¼ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of molasses

2 cups of white flour

3 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of cinnamon

½ tsp of cloves

Small bowl of sugar

Preheat oven to 350

In large bowl mix sugar, egg, butter, molasses, oil until smooth, then mix in ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.  Once smooth add flour.  Mix well, then turn batter into small balls, roll balls in sugar bowl place cookies on baker’s mat remember baker’s mat should be on the cooking tray.  Put tray into oven.

Put into oven and bake for 10 mins, take out use a fork and flatten, then return to oven for another min.  Then take out.  Let cool on tray for 5 mins, then remove from tray and put into a container for storing.

Twist on a traditional Ginger cookie

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2 cups white flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ginger

1/2 tsp clove

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup well-packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/8 cup of soften butter

1/8 cup of olive oil

A small bowl of peanut bites.

Preheat oven to 325

In a large bowl mix brown sugar, egg, butter, oil, molasses, peanut butter, until smooth, then mix in the ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves until smooth.  Finally, add flour mix until smooth.  Then roll into small balls,  Roll balls in peanut pieces.  Then place on baker’s mat on a cookie tray, use a fork to flatten, add a piece of chocolate, milk or white, or dark whichever you prefer.  The chocolate should be a decedent size.  Place in oven for 13 mins and cook.  Remove and let sit on baker’s mat for 5 mins then remove to a container for storing.

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The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie

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½ cup of soften butter and ½ cup of olive oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
White Chocolate chip like a Hersey kiss or 3 small chips in centre of each cookie, for garnish
Stir the sugar adding in air, cream in the eggs, vanilla, butter and oil mix for about 5 mins, then add soda, mix some more, then add flour mix again until well combined.

Preheat oven to 350

Get out cookie tray, place baker’s mat onto the tray put a ball of dough onto tray do this 12 times, flatten with a fork, add a white chocolate piece in the centre of each cookie, place into oven middle to top of the oven, bake for 10 mins.  Take out let cool for 5 mins.  If you bake these at Christmas time the sprinkle a little icy sugar over them they will look festive.

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Cranberry Sugar Cookies

At Christmas time I love to have a sugar cookie so to spice things up I did a cranberry sugar cookie.

1 cup of softened butter

1 cup white sugar

1 tsp of baking powder

1 egg

1 tbsp of milk

1 tsp of vanilla

2 cups to 2 ¼ cup of white flour

¼ cup of cranberry jelly

For garnish chocolate chips and cranberry sauce

Stir the sugar adding air for about 5 minutes, then add butter, egg, milk and vanilla creaming them together, mixing for about 5 mins, add the cranberry jelly, mixing well, then add the flour continue to mix.  The mix will be gooey.

Preheat oven to 375

Get out cookie tray place baker’s mat onto the tray, but a ball of dough onto the tray, do this 12 times, flatten with a fork, add a good ¼ tsp of cranberry sauce on top of the cookie, then add 3 chocolate chips.  Place into oven and bake for 11 mins., remove and let sit for 5 mins.

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