Ok, real fast word association game: I say Christmas, you say…
Cookies – right?
Well, you do where I’m from.
I was originally going to bake Captain Joe’s Famous Christmas Cookies this holiday season but the guy beat me to the punch! (I should mention Capt. Joe is my Dad.) Good ol’ Dad sent me two lots of vacuum-packed perfect-sized chocolate-and-walnut cookies (and an entire pecan pie!) – and they were as fresh as ever despite having traveled half-way across the globe.
Those cookies brought all sorts of warm and fuzzy Christmas feelings with them.
…. and gave me the Christmas cookie bug.
Since we were covered on the chocolate cookie front, I decided to make a classic and simple sugar cookie. No fancy decorating – just chewy, red sprinkle-speckled, not-too-sweet sugar cookies. I mean, they’re sweet – they’re sugar cookies. But I made them with salted butter and brown sugar to mix things up a little. I think it makes them all kinds of extra-awesome and even more addictive than usual.
Make these. Share them in pretty paper bags that you decorated yourself. It will make people smile.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I hope you have a cheerful one with lots of cookies!
p.s. Apologies for the excessive amount of exclamation points in this post. It’s Christmas eve, I can’t contain myself!
Brown Sugar Cookies
adapted from Epicurious
170 grams/6 ounces salted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• Preheat the oven to 190 C/375 F
• Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer. Add the egg and beat well. Place the flour, baking soda, and spices in a separate bowl and mix well. Add to the butter mixture and beat until everything is well incorporated.
• Roll large teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and flatten slightly into discs. Generously dust with sprinkles. Place on an unbuttered cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and bake until the edges are just brown, 8 to 12 minutes. For crispy cookies, let cool on the sheet. Let the cookie sheet cool completely between batches and repeat with the remaining dough.
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