It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Christmas cookies make the festive season even brighter. Whether you’re craving the flavours of Christmas from a spiced biscuit or are looking for something a little more basic, a festive cookie is a great way to get into the Yuletide holiday mood.
Helping families connect
There’s a number of benefits associated with preparing Christmas cookies for the holiday season. Not only do they make a great gift for those you care about the most, but the baking process offers a chance for fun with family or friends. Because the process can be kind of tedious, it’s best to get a bunch of your loved ones together for the baking session. This provides you with a little assistance to get the job done while also giving you time to catch up with the people you love. It’s also a great way to get the kids involved in a fun activity.
The tradition of preparing Christmas cookies first began in medieval Europe when home chefs used some of their valuable ingredients to bake simple biscuits for the festive season. It was only later on that the use of elaborate moulds and cookie cutters became popular.
A touch of sugar and spice
Most Christmas cookies start out their existence as a lump of butter, some flour and sugar and eggs. These ingredients are mixed together to create a firm dough. This dough is then placed in the fridge to chill before being rolled out on a cold surface. It is then sprinkled with a handful of flour before being cut with cookie cutters. The biscuit shapes are then placed on a baking tray and placed in a hot oven until cooked. Once the cookies have been baked and cooled, they are often decorated with royal icing, a sweet treat made from confectioner’s sugar and egg whites.
The perfect Christmas afternoon
These cookies can be used as Christmas tree decorations when punched and a ribbon tied through the hole. However, they are most commonly stored in a festive tin to be brought out each afternoon for afternoon tea. Enjoy a crispy biscuit with a cup of tea or coffee or just dip it into a glass of ice-cold milk. Alternatively, savour the flavour with a nice hot chocolate for extra sweetness.
Treat your family to some cookies
There’s a range of options available to you when it comes to Christmas cookies. You could order all of the ingredients you need to bake them from your nearest grocery store and have these delivered to your home. However, this is often rather time intensive. If you want delicious cookies for the holidays, why not place an order at Duke Bakery?