HOLIDAY BAKING: It’s A Candy Cane Christmas!

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Christmas is in full swing and the countdown is on to complete our lengthy baking list. Every year we bake our ‘classic family favourites‘ that have been in our family forever. You know, the Scottish Shortbread, Gingerbread and Pecan Tarts to name a few. This year we decided to step outside of the tried and true baking list and try something new and exciting. We like to live on the edge like that. 😉 We came across two new Holiday recipes by Ricardo CuisineCandy Cane Cookies and Candy Cane Hot Chocolate!

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If ever there was a cookie that tastes like Christmas, these Candy Cane Cookies would be it! Made with crushed candy canes and white chocolate, these cookies are a perfect festive addition to any holiday dessert platter.

This was our first time making a baked good with candy canes so we weren’t sure what to expect. If you like candy canes, then you will for sure love these! Of course you can alter the measurements depending on your tastes. Add just a pinch of crushed candy canes for a hint of peppermint or more if you are a true candy cane lover. We decided to add a tiny amount of the candy cane pieces that weren’t crushed as much for a more intense peppermint flavour. 

At first bite, you immediately taste the unbelievable flavour of the cookie batter. This cookie batter is one of the best cookie dough recipes we’ve tried. The whole family agrees!  The batter mixed with the candy cane and white chocolate is truly the ultimate holiday treat. It is delicious! 
We’ll definitely be making another batch of these before Christmas Day.

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What goes with candy cane cookies? That’s right… Candy Cane Hot Chocolate! How perfect and festive! Nothing like a cozy crackling fire, watching Christmas Vacation the movie (again), sippin’ hot chocolate and snackin’ on delicious baked festive candy cane cookies. Delightful, don’t cha think?

We are big hot chocolate lovers especially during the cold winter months. There’s something about it that makes you feel happy. Probably because it reminds us of when we were carefree kids.

We are always game for a new recipe and wanted to jazz up the classic hot drink a little so we decided to make Ricardo Cuisine’s Candy Cane Hot Chocolate. Who can resist fine Lindt milk chocolate melted with milk and topped with real whipped cream and some crushed candy cane? Mmmmmm!

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For more delicious Holiday recipes and inspiration, be sure to visit Ricardo Cuisine!

What cookies will you be baking this year?! Let us know!

Happy Holiday Baking!
Laura & Natasha xo

Vanilla Shortbread Tea Cookies

IMG_5202ggbbbbbWho said Shortbread Cookies are only for Christmas time? We disagree! They are a great year-round treat and make the perfect accompaniment to a nice hot cup of tea. This recipe is extremely easy to make and requires very little ingredients (only 4 to be exact!). They’re the perfect cookies to whip up in a snap for guests or when you’re craving a lil’ something sweet.

Vanilla Shortbread Tea Cookies
Classic Shortbread Cookies. Delicious & easy to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 1 cup icing sugar
  3. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  5. Optional: 1/2 cup granulated sugar for the top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter & icing sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of bowl as needed.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to approx. 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut out about 24 cookies. Transfer cutouts to prepared baking sheets and place 1/2 inch apart.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden around the edges.
  6. Optional: After removing cookies from the oven, you can sprinkle the cookies with granulated sugar while they are still warm to make them look extra pretty!
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IMG_5214g6yHappy Baking!
Natasha xo.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

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If you are a fan of sugar cookies, you will love these Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars.
These bars taste exactly like a good old-fashioned sugar cookie, except they are thicker & so much easier to make.
Forget about chilling, rolling, & cutting the dough like you do with regular sugar cookies – For these bars, just mix the ingredients, pop it in a pan & bake! Simple & delicious.

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
(recipe adapted slightly from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)

Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Frosting:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles (to decorate)Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9X13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
    In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, granulated sugar & powdered sugar until light & fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, than the vanilla and mix for a good minute. Stir in the lemon zest, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

    2. Press/spread the sugar cookie mixture gently into an even layer into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Bake for 10-13 minutes without overbaking! The bars should look almost undercooked, and shouldn’t have any color around the edges. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting.

    3. For the frosting: cream the butter and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add in the whipping cream & vanilla extract and mix until the frosting is light and fluffy. Lastly, add in food colouring of your choice & top with sprinkles.

    Enjoy!
    Natasha xo

 

Gingerbread Cookies

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Nothing says Holiday Baking quite like Gingerbread!
We have finally found the perfect gingerbread cookie recipe and we are so excited to share it with you guys.
These cookies smell almost as good as they taste, and will fill your house with an unbelievable, delicious Christmas scent.

These gingerbread cookies have just the right amount of spices, and are simple & easy to make.
We had so much fun decorating these cookies & seeing the gingerbread men come to life!

Nothing’s better than putting on some Christmas tunes, getting your friends and family together & spending a cozy night in decorating these cute gingerbread cookies. (And of course the best part is getting to eat all the cookies afterwards… or during. 😉 )

Happy Holiday Baking!

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Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:
(yield: approx. 50 cookies)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 egg
4 cups all-purpose flour. sifted
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions:

1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter & sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the molasses, and egg.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger & nutmeg.
Slowly pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients & mix until combined.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface & use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes.
Place cookies about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
Bake for approx. 10 minutes, and let cookies cool on the sheets for 10 minutes, than transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled completely, decorate! 🙂

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Pinterest-inspired reindeer cookies! We used red m&m candies for the noses.
They turned out super cute.

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Enjoy!
Natasha & Laura