Baking Holiday Cookies with Amy!
Make a great impression during the Holidays with homemade cookies!
Whether you’re entertaining guests at home or a Christmas party at the office, having some homemade cookies to serve, that are nicely decorated, will definitely bring you admiration! This is Amy White, and I am going to show you how to make some quick and delicious cookies, suitable for these special occasions. I know time is precious, but I also know that you would like your cookies to be appreciated, so I spent some time searching for the best cookie recipe to meet both requirements. Thus, I am about to share my findings with you and give you some great ideas to decorate your cookies in a festive manner.
Since you will need to pay a visit to a store to buy the required ingredients, put on your grocery list cookie cutting shapes (among others, which I’ll list below). You will find them in the form of stars, Christmas trees, teddy bears, or whatever you think will be cute and suitable for a holiday snack. For decorating the cookies, you will need black and white chocolate, which will be melted, don’t worry as I will show you how. You can also use special decorating candy as you may find silver or golden ones for a more sophisticated look. You can opt for multicolored decorating candies if you think it is more suitable for your taste.
For the cookie recipe, you will need 2 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, 1 cup of butter that has been softened, 1 ½ cups of sugar, 1 egg, and 3 to 4 tablespoons of buttermilk. And for an excellent flavor, use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I love vanilla, but I might add some cinnamon to the recipe as it always gets me in the Christmas Holiday mood. So if you like cinnamon, don’t hesitate to add a little bit to your recipe.
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. In another bowl, put the butter together with the sugar, and soften them with a mixer until they form a smooth cream. Then add the egg and vanilla and mix again. After, start adding the dry ingredients gradually, mixing slowly in a uniform manner. In the end, add the buttermilk, enough to make the dough soft, but not wet, because it will need to be flexible enough to be rolled on the table.
So when the dough is ready, just roll it on a flat surface. Use flour on the surface and your rolling pin, to avoid the dough sticking to them. Make it thin enough for it not to break and use the shapes you bought to create cookies.
Put them on a tray, which is covered with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 375° F and leave the cookies in there for 8 or 10 minutes, until they turn golden.
When they are cooler, you can start decorating them with the candy you bought. You can melt chocolate, using a few tablespoons of milk and a bit of butter, and sprinkle them with this melted chocolate while it is still warm. You can even make cookie sandwiches, by sticking two cookies of the same type and putting jelly in between. Powdered vanilla sugar is also great for decorating them.
Hope you enjoy my advice. Warm regards from Amy White and Happy Holidays!