Category Archives: Christmas

Gingerbread Cookies

Every Christmas gingerbread cookie is at the top of my baking list.  The kids love to make and eat them.  My daughter and I spent a whole Sunday morning decorating them.  We had so much fun!

Makes about 24, depending on size of cookies
Total time = 90 minutes

For the cookies

  • 2+1/4 cake and pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup fancy molasses
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and the 4 spices, set aside
  3. Using and electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until fluffy
  4. Add egg and molasses, mix until blended
  5. Add flour mixture in 2-3 portions, mix until dough starting to form
  6. Transfer dough to a floured surface, press together to form a ball
  7. Wrap with plastic wrap and put in fridge for about 1 hour for easy handling
  8. On a floured surface, roll dough into about 1/8″ thickness, cut with cookie cutters. 
  9. Gather dough scraps together, roll out and cut into shapes again
  10. Place cookies on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper
  11. Bake for about 8 minutes
  12. Cool on cookie sheets for about 10 minutes them completely on rack
  13. Decorate with icing and candies when completely cooled

For the icing

  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 4 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons water
  • food coloring for icing
  1. Sift icing sugar
  2. Add milk, corn syrup and vanilla
  3. Add water, a few drops at a time to get the desired consistency
  4. Add food coloring
  5. Mix until smooth

Use a thicker icing to outline the borders, let dry, then use a thinner icing for the middle.  The icing is almost transparent, so you will need to add white food coloring to make it white.

Peppermint Chocolate Cups

These cute chocolate cups are perfect for a party dessert or as Christmas gifts and they are so easy to make.  You can put them in any moulds you want and decorate them.

Makes about 12 mini cups

  • 12 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate
  • 5 drops peppermint oil
  • 6 mini candy canes
  1. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water at medium heat
  2. When chocolate is melted, remove from hot water, add peppermint oil, stir until smooth
  3. Spoon or pour into silicone moulds
  4. Let cool for about 30 minutes
  5. Crush candy canes and sprinkle on top of chocolate
  6. Cool until completely set, remove from moulds

Peppermint Mocha

I love my coffee. Not only because I need a little caffeine boost, I actually love the aroma of it. But it can get costly if I have to buy a coffee everyday, especially the fancy ones. Why not try making them at home! It maybe easier than you think! This peppermint mocha is just in time for the holiday season too!

Makes 2 servings
Total time = 10 minutes

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 -3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and crushed candy cane for topping
  1. Heat milk in a non-stick pot over medium heat
  2. Stir in cocoa powder, coffee and sugar until dissolved, turn heat off
  3. Add peppermint and vanilla extract
  4. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane if desired