I am sorry I was absent for more than a month. We moved address and unfortunately the telecommunications supplier needed almost 40 days to connect us to internet.
Anyway, I am back just in time to share with you a recipe in tune with the holiday season that a very good friend of mine told me a couple of weeks ago and I tried it immediately, a recipe for Christmas Cookies with jewel centre.
This recipe is very easy to do, uses just a few ingredients and the result is you get beautiful cookies that everyone would enjoy any time of the year.
From these ingredients I made about 20 big cookies (each made of 2 cookies glued together with jam) or you can make smaller cookie nibbles and have a full, full plate.
Those cookies can be made with other spices as well (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc.) and make them even more associated with Christmas. I personally prefer more clean flavours and that is why I’ve used only the lemon zest and vanilla extract to season them.
Also, these cookies keep well for weeks, they even get better – at the beginning they are crispy and then, as time goes by, they get soft and you can enjoy them the whole of December.
Have a try yourself!
250gr soft butter, grated
200gr caster sugar or icing sugar
lemon zest of 1 lemon
1tsp vanilla extract
few spoons strawberry jam
Any jam would do, but I prefer to use strawberry jam as it is very nice in colour and makes the cookies look like jewels 🙂
icing sugar for dusting (optional)
You’ll also need:
cookie cutters in different sizes
I’ve used star-shaped cookie cutters – one bigger and one small enough to cut the middle of the star to prepare the top cookies
In a bowl, sift the flour and add the other ingredients (sugar, eggs, grated butter, lemon zest and vanilla extract). Mix until you get a non-sticky smooth pastry, cover with cling film and put in the fridge for a few hours, even overnight
Get the pastry out of the fridge on a flour surface and using a rolling pin roll it out, about 0,5cm thick
Using the cookie cutters, cut the shapes you want to make – half cut with the bigger cookie cutter and half with the both cookie cutters (big one to make the form and the smaller one to remove the centre)
Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper and arrange the cookies
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 12 minutes. Leave to cool before decorating
Put some strawberry jam in the centre of the whole cookies and cover with the cookies with the hole in the middle
Now you should have fun, festive cookies with a yummy, jewel, crimson centre.
Arrange on a plate and enjoy immediately or later!
What kind of cookies do you prepare during the Christmas season? What spices do you use to flavour them?
I would love to hear about your favourite festive treats, just leave a comment below.