I know it is a bit late to post Christmas cookies this but I am trying to make it on time for Aspiring Baker’s event. I have wanted to make this cookie for many years but just never get to do it until this year. I will normally bake simple cookies for Christmas with requires minimal work but because of the Aspiring Baker’s Christmas Motif Bakes I decided to attempt to bake something a bit more challenging. One of them was the Snowflake Sugar Cookies with requires decorating it with royal icing and this one.
First I thought it might be difficult to make but they’re not. Basically it’s a sugar cookie recipe with a little bit extra in it. The dough freezes well too so you can make it earlier and bake it whenever you want. Don’t they look festive? If you are looking for a unique and delicious addition to your traditional Christmas cookies this might be the one.
1 cup/2 stick butter – softened at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
A few drop of peppermint extract
2 3/4 cups flour
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp milk powder
A few drop of red food coloring
Some color sugar for decorating
1. Combined flour, milk powder and salt. Mix well. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and mix well.
2. Add in the flour mixture and mix until combined. Divide the dough into half and tint one of the dough with red coloring and peppermint extract. Mix well.
3. If dough it too soft to roll, let it chill for an hour if not you can roll it right away.
4. Pre-heat oven to 375 degree F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Pinch out about 1 ½” ball of each dough and roll them into a 4” long strips. Place the white and red strips side by side and press them together lightly. Roll them together until both strips have wrapped around each other like a twisted rope. Curve one end like a candy cane.
6. Place it on a baking sheet and sprinkle on some sugar and gently press into the cookies. 7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on the baking pan for 2 minutes before removing it and let it cool completely.
I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #26 – Creative Christmas Motif Bakes! hosted by Alan of Travellingfoodies.