For me the Christmas baking is a critical part of Christmas. There are some cookies that go back at least 3 generations in our family that I have to make every year. They are still some of my mom’s favorites and I remember stories of Grandma making them. My recipe card was copied off of my mother’s card and that was copied out of a Swiss cookbook of my Grandma. For me those two cookies make it Christmas. The rest of the cookies are optional.
1. Cinnamon Stars
These are my absolute favorite. They are a meringue based cookie loaded with almonds and cinnamon. (Recipe)
2. Chocolate Stars
These are very similar to the cinnamon stars. They too are meringue based with almonds but they also have loads of chocolate and enough Kircsh to give them a slight cherry flavor. (Recipe)
3. Chocolate Crinkles
I discovered these in university although I don’t remember where I found the recipe. Somewhere in my travels I lost the recipe. I must have made them for my wife once early in our relationship because she remembered them when someone brought them into her work. Thus I got the recipe back. It is a different name than I remember but the same cookie. I love how they go from a white ball to that lovely crinkled look. (Recipe)
My wife bakes these ones although she loves that I came in to the relationship with a big KitchenAid mixer. She used to make them by hand. This is such a family activity that it just has to be part of Christmas. The picture is from last year at Christmas time when we made an igloo.
There are a thousand and one recipes for shortbread and I didn’t discover that I liked them until my wife made some. A lot I still don’t like but her’s and a couple of others I quite like now.
6. Thimble Cookies
These are from my wife’s grandma and are also a tradition. Unfortunately the recipe was lost when she passed away. My wife has found something close enough on the internet. These are always filled with homemade raspberry jam.
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This recipe is one that I lost and then my wife found again. I originally got this recipe off a friend in University. I must of made it for my wife once before we got married. After we got married and move in together I couldn’t find the recipe. Years later she brought me this recipe that she got from a co-worker. I’m not sure it is exactly the same and the name is different but overall it is close enough. So if any of you know these by another name please leave a comment. I would love to remember the name I originally knew them by.
This recipe also resulted in one of my SAHD jokes. One morning I found this recipe carefully placed on the kitchen counter. I asked my wife if this was a subtle hint. Her response was that there was nothing subtle about it.
You know you are a SAHD when you find a recipe card on the counter left by your wife as a hint to what she wants.
These are fun to make and look really cool when they go from white balls to all crinkled.
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Author: Chris Tilley
Recipe type: Cookies
- ¾ C Oil
- ¾ C Cocoa
- 2 C Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 2 C Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 C icing sugar (To roll the cookies in)
- Mix the oil, sugar, cocoa, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into the wet ingredients. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Roll teaspoonfuls into balls and toss in the icing sugar. Place on a greased pan or use parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
My kids go through chocolate sauce at an alarming rate. At about $6 for a 700ml container I figured I could do better both on the price side and the contents. Searching the internet brought up a lot of options. I wanted simple and cheap. That meant cocoa, sugar and water. No milk, butter or dark chocolate brought the price down. I then modified from there
||Last Purchase Price
||Cost in Recipe
|1 cup Cocoa (~125g)
||$5.50 /500g bag
|1 1/4 cup sugar (~280g)
||$13 / 4.54kg bag
|1 1/2 cup water
Mix everything together in a pot over medium heat. Keep stirring or it will burn to the bottom. When it comes to a boil it is done. Remove from the heat and let cool. I store mine in glass jar in the fridge.
Total Cost $2.18 for about 500ml so about $3.05 for the equivalent 700ml bottle. That makes it about half the cost. Its very easy to make. You can vary the ingredients. I cut down a bit on the sugar and upped the cocoa. It makes it more chocolatey than the store bought. We use it mostly in chocolate milk but it also works great as a topping for ice cream. There is also no artificial flavors or colors in it so that’s a victory as well.