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Baking delicious Christmas cookies: recipes and tips

Christmas cookies are a beloved holiday tradition. Whether you’re a fan of classic sugar cookies, gingerbread men, or something more creative, baking Christmas cookies can be a fun and rewarding activity. But if you’re not a master baker, the task of creating perfect cookie creations can seem daunting. Never fear—we’ve put together some recipes, tips, and tricks to help you bake delicious Christmas cookies that are sure to impress.

One of the most classic Christmas cookies is the simple sugar cookie. To make a batch of these delicious treats, you’ll need:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined.

Roll the dough into a log and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least two hours. Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly flour your work surface. Cut the log into slices about ¼-inch thick and place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Let the cookies cool before serving.

If you’re looking for something a bit more festive, why not try your hand at gingerbread men? For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 egg

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the molasses and egg. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough out to a ¼-inch thickness. Cut out the gingerbread men with cookie cutters and place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Let the cookies cool before serving.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of baking Christmas cookies, you can get creative with your cookie decorations. Use a variety of icing colors to create festive designs on your cookies. Sprinkle them with colored sugars or candies for an extra festive touch.

When it comes to baking Christmas cookies, the possibilities are endless! With these recipes and tips, you’ll be able to create delicious cookies that the whole family will enjoy.

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