The Tastiest Christmas Cookie Recipes

The Tastiest Christmas Cookie Recipes

Cookies: Classics meet new creations – also with coffee

The icy cold, a crackling fireplace, the hot coffee and delicious Christmas cookies ring in the mood of Advent. It’s family time when sweet cookies are first baked together and then artfully decorated. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or coffee after a walk in the icy cold. Delicious recipes of classics and new creations – also with coffee – promise more variety on the Advent plate and shorten the waiting time until Christmas. TangyCoffee has put together delicious Christmas cookie recipes for inspiration.

The pleasant smell of the freshly baked cookies, including cinnamon, vanilla and apple aromas, are part of the tradition for many families. Cutting out cookies and embellishing them with icing, colored beads, confetti or chocolate icing is not only the highlight of winter for many children. There are no limits to your imagination and what you bake yourself usually tastes even better than convenience products. Having your own cookies and trying out new recipes are a must. It’s not just the classics that bring joy. New Christmas cookie recipes with unique ingredients exude their charm and make every Christmas unique.

The favorite cookies of the Germans

Although everyone has their own personal favorite for Christmas, according to a Forsa survey there seem to be real favorites among Germans. If you have your mouth watering just reading it, you can now look forward to some simple and quick Christmas cookie recipes and tips for baking.

The classics: shortbread or butter cookies

The classic is the butter cookie made from shortcrust pastry. This recipe is ideal for cutting out and creates stars, moons, Santa Clauses, bells, hearts and more in children’s hands. Shortcrust pastry is very easy to make and only needs flour, butter and sugar, which are kneaded in a ratio of 3: 2: 1, an egg and a little salt. The most important thing with any shortcrust pastry is that it should only be processed cold, otherwise it will become sticky. Therefore, use cold butter for kneading and let the dough rest in the refrigerator for around 30 minutes before rolling it out.

A few tips: In order to achieve an even browning of the cookies, it is best to use so-called dough sticks to accurately roll out the dough to about half a centimeter thick. The dough sticks are a worthwhile investment as they can also be used to roll out marzipan or fondant. This can be used to decorate the baked Christmas cookies, which is a nice, if not exactly quick, alternative to icing and pearls. If you have a lot of time, you can put a red coat on Santa Claus and sprinkle his beard and sleeve with icing. But animals can also be recreated lifelike with fondant, marzipan and icing.

The recipe:

  • 300 g of flour
  • 200 g cold butter
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • a pinch of salt

Time required: 120 min.
Temperature: 200 ° C for 15 to 20 min.

If, on the other hand , you are looking for a coffee kick right in the corner, you can easily modify the basic recipe. Use only 150 g instead of 200 g butter and replace the missing liquid with a cup of espresso. If you want to experiment even more with the ingredients, you can also add up to two teaspoons of coarsely ground coffee beans to the batter. After cutting out, both quick frosting and a chocolate coating are suitable for decorating.

Our tips:
Feel free to experiment with the decorations after baking, because this is the best way to see which flavors harmonize with each other. Regardless of the type, chocolate should always be melted in a hot water bath, otherwise it will burn. The microwave is also not suitable for temperature control.

Ingredients for the frosting:

  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of water or lemon juice
  • optionally 1 stiffly beaten egg white

The simple, quick icing made of powdered sugar and water can be modified with a stiff egg white. This gives the casting a firmer consistency and makes it easier to shape structures. With food coloring, it is even more fun, especially for children, to swing the piping bag and create edible, colorful pictures. And one more of our tips: If you want it to have a festive shine, heat around 20 g of coconut oil and pour it into the icing.

Changeable Christmas cookie recipes

The above shortcrust pastry recipe is also a particularly versatile one. If you want to conjure up a colorful potpourri of Christmas cookies in a minimal amount of time, the basic recipe presented above can be varied according to your mood. How about ingredients such as a teaspoon of cinnamon or anise, gingerbread spices, chopped nuts, coffee powder, cocoa, vanilla, poppy seeds or delicious jam? There is sure to be something for every taste.

Quick cookie recipes

Of course, if you want it to be quick, you don’t have the time to cut out cookies and lavishly decorate. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot conjure up real eye-catchers. Try these versatile Christmas cookie recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 250 g butter
  • 200 g of sugar
  • 400 g of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt

Time required: 60 min.
Temperature: 180 ° C 15 – 20 min.

Beat the butter with sugar and vanilla sugar until frothy and then add the eggs. Beat again vigorously and then fold in the remaining ingredients with the whisk. The smoothly stirred dough can be refined as desired.

Our tips:

Try chocolate and almond cookies:

To do this, stir 100 g of chopped almonds and 200 g of chocolate into the dough, use a spoon to place small portions on a baking sheet and bake.

Or how about coconut and pineapple cookies for Christmas instead, which transport a touch of summer into the cold season? To do this, mix 100 g candied pineapple and 200 g coconut flakes into the base dough and form small balls, which you then roll again in coconut flakes.

A mixture of oat flakes, ginger and cinnamon, on the other hand, creates rustic delicacies. It only takes 200 g of tender oat flakes, 50 g of candied ginger and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Bake all Christmas cookies at 180 ° C for about 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.

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Delicious macaroons

Another classic are macaroons. They do not require any flour or gluten, because like the cinnamon stars they are based on a protein and sugar mixture.

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 200 g of sugar
  • 200 g desiccated coconut
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 drops of bitter almond oil
  • a pinch of salt

Time required: 40 min.
Temperature: 140 ° C for 20 min.

Beat the four egg whites with a pinch of salt until very stiff and then slowly add the sugar, cinnamon and bitter almond oil. When the result is a shiny mass in which all the sugar crystals have dissolved, slowly fold in the desiccated coconut. Just place small heaps with a tablespoon on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake for 20 minutes.

If you want to bake cinnamon stars in one go, divide the protein mass in two halves and mix one with around 250 g of ground almonds and an extra teaspoon of cinnamon instead of coconut flakes. This creates a firm dough that can be rolled out. Cut out the cinnamon stars like shortbread cookies and bake like the coconut macaroons.

Vanilla croissants and coffee croissants

Germans love their vanilla croissants. To make the small crescents rolled in powdered sugar, you need:

  • 250 g flour
  • 125 g of sugar
  • 200 g butter
  • 125 g ground almonds or hazelnuts
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 packets of vanilla sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • Icing sugar and 1 packet of vanilla sugar for garnish

Time required: 60 min.
Temperature: 175 – 200 ° C approx. 10 min.

All ingredients are processed into a smooth dough with the dough hook. Hands dusted with flour form the crescent moons. The vanilla croissants do not increase in volume too much, so they can be placed close together. After about 10 minutes at 175 to 200 ° C, the cookies are ready and are rolled in a mixture of powdered sugar and vanilla sugar while they are still hot. But be careful: the vanilla crescents break easily.

Our tips:

  1. If the vanilla crescents are to be exceptionally fine, the almonds must be peeled before grinding. To do this, briefly blanch them in boiling hot water.
  2. So that the croissants don’t break and put a damper on the anticipation of Christmas, don’t let them slide off the baking sheet in a hurry, but lift them gently with your kitchen friend.

This recipe can easily be varied. How about espresso croissants today?

  • 300 g of flour
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 200 g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 to 2 cups of strong, cold espresso
  • 150 g ground almonds
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • Cocoa and espresso powder for garnish

Time required: 60 min.
Temperature: 175 – 200 ° C approx. 10 min.

As with the vanilla crescents, knead a smooth dough and form the classic crescent moons. After baking, roll the espresso crescents in a mixture of cocoa and espresso powder.

Conclusion: our tips for successful Christmas cookies

  • Germans love the classics such as vanilla croissants, coconut macaroons, butter cookies, cinnamon stars and shortbread cookies
  • Nevertheless, many experiment with ingredients and discover new Christmas cookie recipes
  • Coffee goes perfectly with the Christmas bakery and goes particularly well with vanilla and cocoa
  • For children, baking cookies is inextricably linked with Christmas
  • Cutting out and decorating the Christmas cookies with the family is a highlight of the contemplative time