French Christmas Recipes

There are so a heap of Christmas cookie recipes around but often times so little time to bake for the duration of the busy holiday season.

The solution? A great tasting basic cookie recipe that quickly and effortlessly turns into such a potpourri of easy to make Christmas treats, friends and family will think you poured over all your favored Christmas cookie recipes.

Let’s begin with the basics.

Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

1/2 cup (or 1 stick) butter (or margarine) at room temperature

1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 huge egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

In a huge bowl, combine all the ingredients except the flour. Beat with an electric mixer, scraping the sides of the bowl assorted times, until the mixture is light and fluffy. With mixer at a low speed, add the flour gradually, beating just until everything is well blended.

Place the mixture on a baking sheet using a tablespoon measure and press down with a spoon to flatten a bit. Or roll our and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake at 350ºF for when it comes to 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.

This basic cookie mixture is also the base for the following cookie recipes (all baked in a preheated oven at 350ºF).

Orange Cookies

(Makes with regards to 32)

Add 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest to the recipe. Shape into a log that is with regards to 1 1/2″ in diameter and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Slice dough into 1/4″ thick slices. Place on cookie sheet. Cookies may be prettified with candies, rolled in colored sugar, or cut into finelooking holiday shapes before baking. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Cherry Coconut Chocolate Squares

(Makes regarding 54 squares)

In addition to the basic dough you will need:

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 big eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups flaked coconut

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, well drained and coarsely chopped

Line a 13″x9″ baking pan with foil.

Stir cocoa powder into basic dough mixture. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust looks dry.

In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, almond extract and baking powder until well blended. Stir in coconut and cherries. Pour over the baked crust.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until top just begins to brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Lift it out on to a cutting board using the foil ends and cut into 1 1/2″ squares. Squares may be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Coconut Pineapple Cookies

(Makes with regards to 36)

In addition to the basic dough you will need:

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1/3 cup pineapple preserves (use raspberry or apricot if you prefer)

Add 1 cup of the flaked coconut to the basic dough mixture and mix well. Shape the dough into 1 1/2″ balls and roll in the remaining coconut to coat them. Place the balls 1″ isolated on lightly greased cookie sheets. Make a deep indentation in the center of each cookie with your fingertip.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookie is firm and the coconut is lightly toasted. When cooled, fill each hole in the center of the cookies with the preserves.

You may vary this basic dough to make a wide potpourri of Christmas cookie recipes. Add other flavorings like maple, ginger or cinnamon. Add chopped dried fruits like apricots or dates. Or bake them plain in holiday shapes and embellish with colored icing.

Christmas is such a terrifi time of year. Here’s hoping these quick and easy Christmas cookie recipes aid keep the pressure off the cook.

French Christmas Recipes

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French Christmas Recipes

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