Vine Vera Reviews the Best Holiday Cookies to Bake with the Family

Two cute little boys baking with their grandmother in the kitchen

We saw all sorts of holiday cookies being made by people all over the world this Christmas season. If you’ve still not gotten over your Christmas hangover and are desperate to enjoy a few more Christmassy experiences, you can think about baking Christmas cookies and enjoying it with your loved ones. To help you bake the most perfect Christmas cookies, Vine Vera reviews the top 3 cookie recipes that can make the holiday season last a little bit longer.

Holiday Cookie Recipe # 1 – Gingerbread Men Cookies

Ingredients Required

  • Brown Sugar – 100g
  • Plain flour – 375g
  • Egg – 1
  • Butter – 125g
  • Golden Syrup – 125ml
  • Ground ginger – 1 tablespoon
  • Icing sugar – 150g
  • Red food coloring – 10 drops
  • Blue food coloring – 10 drops
  • Mixed spice – 1 tablespoon
  • Soda bicarbonate – 1 teaspoon

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 356F and brush two baking trays with butter (melted) to grease them lightly.
  2. Beat some sugar and butter in a bowl until the mix becomes creamy. Add the egg yolk and golden syrup and mix until the mixture combines properly. Stir the mixed spice, soda, four and ginger into the mixture.
  3. Add some flour to your counter top and turn over the mixture on the flour base. Knead until it becomes smooth. Press the dough into a disc and store it in the fridge for about 20 – 30 minutes (covering it in a plastic wrap).
  4. While the flour is being refrigerated, place the egg in a dry bowl and beat until soft. Add the icing sugar and beat some more until stiff peaks begin to form. Divide the solution in three different bowls. Add the red coloring to one and stir till it combines perfectly. Add the blue coloring to the second bowl and stir till it combines. Finally, cover the last bowl with a plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator.
  5. Take out the dough and place it between two sheets of baking paper. Roll the paper until it becomes 4mm thick. Use your gingerbread men cutters to cut out the shapes and place them on the baking tray, keeping them at a safe distance from each other.
  6. Bake the gingerbread men in the oven till they become brown. This should take about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack and allow it to cool.
  7. Finally, pipe the icings that you prepared over the gingerbread men to decorate them.

Holiday Cookie Recipe # 2 – Caramel and Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • Cinnamon – 1 Teaspoon
  • Salt – ½ Teaspoon
  • Plain flour – 100g
  • Ground ginger – ½ Teaspoon
  • Butter – 75g
  • Brown Muscovado sugar – 50g
  • Baking powder – ½ Teaspoon
  • Milk – 1 Tablespoon
  • Chocolate covered caramels – 8 Pieces
  • Cocoa Powder – 1 Teaspoon + 1 Tablespoon
  • Grated nutmeg – ½ Teaspoon
  • Lemon – zest of 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking tray with some baking paper.
  3. Take a bowl and mix the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, lemon zest, ground ginger, butter, nutmeg, milk, baking powder, muscavado sugar and salt until they combine well.
  4. Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it till it becomes 0.5cm thick.
  5. Use the cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Place the chocolate caramels on the plates and press the dough into them slightly. Top each circle of dough with another one and press together until the caramel becomes encased in the dough.
  6. Bake the preparation in your oven for about 10 – 15 minutes, until it becomes firm on the outside.
  7. Take it out of the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before placing it on a wire rack.

Holiday Cookie Recipe # 3 – Honey Ginger Cookies

 Ingredients

  • Sugar – 1 Cup
  • Honey – ½ Cup
  • Flour – 3 Cups
  • Ground ginger – 1 Teaspoon
  • Sprite – ½ Cup
  • Honey – ½ Cup
  • Baking soda – 1 Teaspoon
  • Lemon – 1 Zest
  • Vegetable Oil – ½ Cup

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Mix the ginger, flour, baking soda and sugar in a large mixing bowl and set it aside.
  3. Take another mixing bowl and combine the sprite, honey and vegetable oil.
  4. Combine both sets of ingredients and mix well until you get cookie dough.
  5. Drop the dough in a greased baking sheet, spoon by spoon.
  6. Bake it for about 15 minutes until it turns golden brown in color.
  7. Finally, remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to rest for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks.
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