Saturday, 10 December 2011

Countdown to christmas-DIY's

Yayy Christmas is coming!!! 
Relish's Countdown to christmas...
you know what that means?? lots of baking, wrapping, shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating which to me is the whole fun of christmas. I love giving gifts which is essentially what this holiday is all about right??  but these gifts don't have to be big, expensive and extravagant for people to appreciate them. I love taking this opportunity to give gifts from the heart that are made with my two hands and a whole lotta love!!! Keep in touch with me as I share with you my favourite homemade gifts to give and christmas goodies and festivities.

Since this is December I thought all month ill blog about all things christmas!! and what I love about this time of year...

One of the first things I'll be sharing with you today is my all time favourite sugar cookie recipe. Christmas to me is all about baking treats and handing them out to loved ones, mainly because thats what I remember doing with my grandma as a child. not to mention its much more wallet/budget friendly. My grandma has long since passed now, but I have with me her book of recipes which I take great pride and special care of to ensure her treats and love live on always. Of course I have also taken the liberty of spicing some of them up along the way, adding my own twists and special touches, and I encourage you to do the same :D

Heres what you'll need:

For the cookies

1 1/2 Cup Unsalted softened butter, just leave the butter out till it reaches room temp.
2 Cups white sugar
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
5 Cups All purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

For the Icing

1/2 Cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 Cups icing sugar
2 tbsp Milk
Food colouring of your choice


1.) Pre-heat oven to 400 F. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar until smooth. 
2.) Beat in eggs and vanilla.
3.) Gradually stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
4.) Cover dough and chill for 1 hr in fridge. 
5.) Roll out dough 1/4-1/2 and inch thick, cut into shapes and place on an ungreased baking sheet 1 inch apart.
6.) Bake 6-8 minutes until slightly golden brown on edges, cool completely.

Special note: try getting creative and adding a little something to the dough before it bakes, with the green cookies below I added little Scor chocolate pieces to the mix, you can also try adding toffee pieces.

Icing...these cookies are delicious on their own but if you want to spice them up a bit..
In a saucepan melt butter, combine icing sugar until incorporated, add vanilla and milk, stir until well incorporated and creamy consistency. add food colouring of your choice.

While icing is still warm cover cookies and sprinkle with goodies of your choice. 

My first christmas cookies of the year....

These cookies are so good!!! Not exactly calorie friendly but its christmas, this is the time of year where I indulge in all the festivities. and they don't have to be just for christmas, get creative and use different shapes and colours to make cookies all year round. Have fun and get your bake on!! who doesn't love getting cookies for christmas!! Just place these tasty tots in a festive christmas tin (dollar store) and your good to go!

please keep in touch for more of my favourite christmas recipes to come..

Peanut brittle
Almond roca
Short bread cookies
Buttercrunch toffee

What are some of your holiday favourite treats??


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