I have started my Christmas baking. It is a busy week, the kitchen full of chocolate, sugar, butter, recipes and books. Yesterday I made a batch of sugar cookies with orange zest. It’s a simple recipe and delicious. I love to have different kind of sweets displayed on the table, on Christmas eve, after we have ate our dinner. Everyone will chose whatever he or she likes even though our stomachs are full of appetizers, wine, meat and salads, and I like my eyes to enjoy the beautiful desserts’ shapes and colors .
This cookies recipe is my mom’s. Simple ingredients, simple flavors. I decided this time to make some thumbprints shapes and I added a little orange jam. For others, I added some pine nuts to the cookie dough.
– 200 g soft unsalted butter
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 2 1/2 cups cake flour
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp baking powder
– zest of one orange
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– pinch of salt
– some pine nuts, orange jam, brown sugar
Put all the ingredients in one bowl and whisk together until all combined and you got a beautiful nice dough. Roll dough into 1/2 cm and cut into different shapes. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven on 180 c.
For the thumbprints cookies, press in the center of each with your finger. Bake for 7 minutes then remove from oven and press again, and bake until they are golden and firm. When cooled a little, spoon jam into thumbprints.
For the pine nuts cookies, stick few nuts on the dough before baking.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas.