Saturday, December 3, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Christmas cookies


Today is our first Christmas celebration. We always have a first Christmas at the beginning of December, when my husband's daughter spends a few days with us. We make Christmas dinner, decorate the tree and exchange gifts. It's a wonderful way of starting the holiday season!

The dinner will be started later on today, but in the meantime I thought I would introduce my toddler to the joys of baking cookies. I wanted a simple recipe we could put together quickly and settled on Rachel Allen's basic cookie recipe from her book Bake. By the way, it's a wonderful book full of both sweet and savory baked goodies that are easy to make.

The cookie recipe is simple - cream together 225g of butter with 110g sugar, then stir in 275g flour. You can add whatever flavorings you want - we added cinnamon and vanilla and stirred in some chocolate chips too. I have some lavender which I'll add to the next batch, once these disappear.

My son loved arranging the balls of dough on the baking sheet! :-)

This post is part of this week's Weekend Cooking feature over at Beth Fish Reads.

19 comments:

Larissa said...

How great to bake with S.! I remember my daughter's joy last year when she used the Christmas cookie cutters for the first time...
I think I'll steal your recipe and replace the butter with margarine - thanks ;-)

Beth F said...

What a nice tradition! And I love it that your toddler is already learning that it's fun to bake.

Uniflame said...

I love chocolate chip cookies but I have never tried to make my own yet. I think I want to now I saw this recipe!

Kaye said...

You're not only making cookies, you're making memories! How wonderful for your child that you do this.

TheBookGirl said...

My college age daughter still talks about how we would make Christmas cookies together when she was little.
Hope you enjoy your celebration today!

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caite said...

you can not start them too early

Margot said...

Wonderful idea to concentrate on time spent with your child rather than all the other distractions this time of year.

Carol said...

What a lovely tradition! And fun to bake cookies with a little one! Coolies look so good!

Amanda said...

Christmas cookies...I'm jealous! I'm having to forego my Christmas cookies this year. Trying to lose weight. :/

joanna said...

Larissa - we haven't done cookie cutters yet, but that's next!

Beth - Yes, it was really fun for both of us!

Uniflame - Really? Never? They're so easy, you have to!

Kaye - that made me smile, you're right, this will make a great memory!

TheBookGirl - baking and cooking is great to do with kids!

caite - I agree!

Margot - Oh, I can't say that all those other things aren't distracting me! :-)

Carol - they're really tasty!

Amanda - I'm having cookies and things within reason :-)

Heather said...

Chocolate chips cookies have become the favourite of my daughter to bake with her girlfriend. very yummy.

Christine said...

What a wonderful start to your Christmas celebrations. Hope your weekend with your daughter was merry. xo

Peggy said...

Lavender cookies! I have never cooked with it. what form do you use and where do you usually get it?

Alex (The Sleepless Reader) said...

So how was Christmas? The presents? Let's do lunch and tell me all about it!

Nymeth said...

I hope your first Christmas was lovely! I really miss baking - I can't wait to go to my parent's (where the kitchen isn't tiny :P) and make some Christmas cookies.

joanna said...

Heather - yummy, indeed!

Christine - my weekend with my son was very merry!

Peggy - my Mom gave me some lavender, I have no idea where to get it!

Alex - will tell you later!

Nymeth - I can imagine that you really miss a big kitchen, it's so important!!

Christine said...

Oh Joanna, apologies! I wrote "daughter" in my comment. I should have said, "I hope you enjoyed your early Christmas celebration with your husband's daughter and your son!"
Cheers! :)

joanna said...

No worries Christine! :-)