Two Great Tastes for Christmas

‘Tis the season for our stomachs to be filled with warm and tasty foods! And, preparing and giving homemade holiday treats can be just as much fun as receiving them. If you’re looking for a sweet and special treat to bring to your Christmas celebration or nibble on at home, try one of these recipes and spread some holiday cheer.

Chocolate Crinkles. The snowy white powdered sugar that sits on top of the chocolate cookies gives these morsels a festive touch. Try to get the little ones involved and pour yourselves a cup of hot cinnamon chocolate while these cookies are baking in the oven.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons bleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

2 3/4 cups sugar, divided

1/4 cup canola oil

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly warm

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 large eggs

1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

1.   In a medium bowl, beat together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Melt chocolate in the microwave on 50 percent power for 1 minute, stir, and microwave for 15 seconds more and stir; set aside.

2.   In a mixer, beat together 2 1/2 cups of sugar, oil, butter and corn syrup to blend. Beat in eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. On low, beat in melted chocolate. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

3.   Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment. Take out one-quarter of the dough at a time to shape. Roll the dough into 3 inch balls. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar into one bowl and confectioners’ sugar in another bowl. Roll each cookie dough ball lightly in granulated sugar first, then heavily in confectioners’ sugar.

4.   Arrange cookies 2 inches apart on foil. For crisp cookies, bake 12 to 14 minutes. For a chewy cookie, bake 10-12 minutes. Bake one sheet at a time. Allow cookies to cool for 1-2 minutes.
*Makes 2 dozen cookies

Cranberry Orange Scones. These scones make the perfect Christmas morning treat and are also the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea or glass of hot cider.

  

Ingredients

         2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

         5 tablespoons sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for topping

         1 tablespoon baking powder

         1/2 teaspoon salt

        1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

         6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

         2/3 cup (plus 1 tablespoon) half-and-half

         1/2 cup halved cranberries, drained on paper towels

Instructions

1.     Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half until just moistened.

2.    Gently fold in cranberries and orange zest.

3.    On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently, 5 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges; place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Brush tops with remaining tablespoon half-and-half; sprinkle with remaining tablespoon sugar.

4.    Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
*Makes 8 scones

What Christmas treats are you planning to make for your family this year?

For more festive holiday foods and cocktails, visit Meyers Styles

 

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