One of my all time favorite recipes for Christmas time is the Christmas Cookie recipe from Nigella. It’s got amazing Christmas flavors. I love decorating them too, but I have a slightly different method to her. I use chocolate and edible gold dust. I have also adapted the recipe very slightly by adding in some ginger. My Christmas simply would not be complete without these delicious goodies.
My daughter and I had so much fun making these together.
So here is the recipe:
300 grams flour
A Pinch of Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
100 grams butter – softened
100 grams soft dark brown sugar
2 large eggs – beaten
4 tablespoons runny honey
100g good quality dark chocolate
1. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C or Gas mark 3 or 350 degrees F.
2. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper in a food processor. With it still running, add butter and then sugar. Following that combine the eggs and honey. Very slowly add the egg and honey mixture. Do not use all the liquid if the pastry comes together before it’s all used up.
3. Create two discs of dough, cover one in clingwrap and place in the fridge while you work with the other.
4. Dust flour on your work surface and the disc and roll out your dough until 5mm/1/4 inch thick. Cut out your decorations with shapes of your choice.
5. Keep doing this, using the second disc when done with the first, until your dough is all used up.
6. Make sure to make a hole for your string before placing in the oven.
7. Place your shapes on the baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes. They are done when the edges start to brown and the underside is no longer doughy.
8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
9. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler.
10. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled shapes. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden completely before following the next step.
10. Using an ordinary soft paint brush, gently dust each cookie with gold sparkle, or any other color for that matter.
These cookies make fantastic gifts in a mason jar, tied with a nice bow, or simply placed on your own Christmas Tree to be enjoyed at your leisure.
You can download a printable copy of the recipe here.