Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Cookie Baking!

One of my favourite things about the holiday season is all the great baking!

Something about Christmas is synonymous with great food, but ESPECIALLY great dessert!

This weekend, with Christmas music blaring, I decided to kick off the holiday baking season with three of my favourite holiday cookies.

There's plenty of great options to chose from: gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter balls, Santa's whiskers; but I decided to go with three of my favourite cookies, chocolate crackles, chocolate walnut biscotti and ginger cookies!

Chocolate Crackles

These cookies are icing sugar covered delights. Because they're made with bittersweet sugar, they aren't as sweet as you might think. More of a dark-chocolate lover's delight with a sweet outside. 

If you want to make them sweeter, sub out half the bitter sweet chocolate for semi-sweet! 

What's great about these cookies is that they end up being almost a brownie consistency, and I mean who doesn't like that?

Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

I love biscotti. I don't know why I don't make it all year, but I really enjoy it at Christmas time.

Biscotti comes in all shapes and sizes and flavours. Lemon cranberry, chocolate dipped, coffee. My favourite though is chocolate walnut!

I find with biscotti that you want to bake them at the minimum bake time so that they don't end up too hard. I find biscotti can sometimes be really dry, and a shorter bake time can really prevent that and lead to a not-quite-chewy but soft cookie

Ginger Cookies

I've posted about these cookies before. They are a definite favourite of mine and one I'll bake all year, not just during the holidays.

But at Christmas? A good ginger cookie is a requirement!

These cookies are so easy to make and so very delicious. Like the biscotti I recommend baking for the shortest possible time so that they stay nice and chewy. 

I also recommend baking a double batch... because it is SO easy to eat your way through these.

Plus they're delicious with a cup of tea!

Want to try any of these recipes? I've included some recipe card print outs below! Download and print these recipes to add to your holiday baking recipe book!

Your turn: What is your favourite holiday baking recipe? Tell me in the comments!