Christmas Cookies and Mince Pies

christmas cookies

Christmas is great time for sweet treats because they don’t just taste good, but also look spectacular. From American cookies to British mince pies, there is a long tradition of decorating sweets. It is the best part of Christmas cooking because you can just let your imagination go wild and be creative with deserts. Baking cakes is fun, so enjoy your time in the kitchen this month and check out ModXchange’s favorite recipes for classic Christmas sweets:

Iced Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

For cookies:

  • 2 ½ cups plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cup powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp cream

For icing:

  • 3 cups of caster sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • Sprinkles

PREPARATION:

Mix all the ingredients for cookies, cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350C and roll out the dough thinly on a floured surface. Cut out in Christmas shapes and bake on baking sheets for 7-8 minutes.

Whisk powdered sugar, egg whites and lemon juice until smooth. Make an icing border around the cookie and then carefully cover the rest of the surface with icing. Add sprinkles and cookies are ready to be served.

Almond Mince Pies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150g cold butter
  • 60g almonds
  • 30g powder sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 60g marzipan
  • 180g mincemeat
  • Extra powder sugar for sprinkling
  • Cream for serving

PREPARATION:

Cut butter in cubes and put it in a blender together with the flour and cinnamon. Blend until you form fine crumbs and then add sugar, almonds, egg yolk and 2-3 tbsp of cold water. Continue to blend until soft dough is formed. Press the dough on a previously floured surface and wrap in cling film. Leave the dough to chill for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Chop the marzipan into small pieces and mix with the mincemeat. Roll out the dough and cut out 8cm circles. Put the circles in a tart tin and fill them with mincemeat. Cut out stars from the remaining dough and place them on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with caster sugar and serve with cream.

Image creditshttp://www.foodandwine.com/

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