Somehow it doesn’t feel like Christmas until I start writing my Christmas baking. Even if I decorate my house I still need the Christmas smells to get in the festive spirit and to write my Christmas Cards I need the house to smell like baked Christmas cookies. I love cinnamon, clove and all winter spices so Christmas cookies are favourites. There are lots of recipes around but a few years back I cam across a very simple one. These cookies look like gingerbread ones but they are not the same. The spices used give them a warmer taste without the crispiness of ginger. The only tricky part is to make sure you don’t end up overbeaking them as you still need them soft.

November has been so crazy that I didn’t even have time to post all of the recipes I made. I have the photos so I will be doing so in the future to compensate for the empty month. I had decided a while back to clear an afternoon and do my Christmas baking and that was yesterday. I was lucky cause a dear friend also joined me and kept me company as I was baking half of the bunch of cookies. I wanted to bake three different types of Christmas recipes and one of them was these cookies. I decided to start with these ones as she loves decorating them. As she was decorating them she came across the Santa figure. She knows I love summer and instead of drawing a Santa she decided to draw a summer Santa babe. I couldn’t stop laughing and loved the idea. The outcome was more than half of the cookies to end up wearing a bikini. The cookies tasted amazing but I thought we got a bit off track and maybe I will have to bake another bunch if I want to give them as Christmas presents.

I recommend this recipe not just for its simplicity and amazing taste but also for the fun you can have with it 😉

Ingredients:

250g butter

250g brown sugar

75g white sugar

1 egg

pinch of salt

2 tbsp milk

500g flour

1/2 tsp cinammon

1/4 tsp clove

half a nutmeg

We put all ingredients in the mixer and work until we get a workable dough. On a floured surface we roll the dough and cut in any shape and size using cookie cutters.

In a preheated oven we bake on 160 C for 20-25 mins.

After they cool down we decorate using our imagination!