I say this every year, but I can’t believe how fast Christmas creeps up! As soon as Halloween ends, all the stores pull out the Christmas displays and some of my neighbours already have their Christmas lights up on their houses. And I start baking cookies! I’m not much of a baker the rest of the year, but over the holidays I love to bake cookies and other goodies. One of our family’s favourite Christmas cookies is gingerbread. As soon as my kids see me making up the dough, they come over to help out. Picking out the cookie cutters and cutting out shapes in the dough seems to be everyone’s favourite part. I have a huge bag of various Christmas cookie cutters that I bring out for the kids to rummage through, and the kids all pick out their favourites.
I decided to try a spin on our usually gingerbread cookies by adding “stained glass” in the centres. We had a fair amount of candy left over from Halloween, so I had lots of lollipops and Life-savers to crush up to create the look of stained glass. It’s really easy to do, and best of all, the “glass” tastes delicious!
When you hold the cookies up to the light, you can see the lovely colours shining through. They’d actually make great decorations for your windows or tree – just add a hole to the top by sticking a straw in the dough before you bake them. That way, you can put ribbon or string through them for hanging.
It’s good to use a silicone liner when baking these, so you can peel the cookie with melted candy off the sheet more easily. Trudeau gave me one of their silicone liners to try, and they worked perfectly for these cookies. The star and circle shaped cookie cutters also came from Trudeau. If you want to win some of their bakeware, please check out my Instagram contest.
Welcome to this very special Canadian Cookie Collaboration between the Canadian Food Creatives and the Canadian Christmas Cookie Exchange. #CDNFoodCreatives
Visit these Canadian Bloggers to save all of these sweet holiday cookie recipes:
- Austrian Husarenkrapferl Cookies by Evelyne at CulturEatz
- Candy Cane Kissed Chocolate Chip Cookies by Fareen at Food Mamma
- Chocolate Candy Cane Biscotti by Amanda at Peppers & Pennies
- Christmas Piñata Cookies by Karin at The Kitchen Divas
- Coconut shortbread Sandwiches by Taylor at The Girl on Bloor
- Crispy Spicy Almond Roccoco Italian Cookie Recipe by Maria at She Loves Biscotti
- Double Chocolate Mint Cookies by Diana at 365 Days of Easy Recipes
- Eggnog Madeleines by Samantha at My Kitchen Love
- Eisenbahner (Railroad) Cookies by Vicky at Tiny Sweet Tooth
- Gluten Free Thumprint cookies by Jenn at One Heart One Family
- Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie by Jo-Anna at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
- Nanny’s Molasses Cookies by Laura at Bluenose Baker
- Peppermint Macarons by Cristina at I Say Nomato
- Sablés Bretons with Chocolate Caramel Beurre Salé by Hilary at Cocoa Bean, the Vegetable
- Stained Glass Gingerbread Cookies by Megan at Food & Whine
- Thumbprint Caramel Shortbread Cookies by Kacey at The Cookie Writer
- Toasted Flour Sablés by Kimberlie at The Finer Cookie
- Triple Chocolate Pistachio Cookies by Marie at Food Nouveau
- Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Ginger Crisps by Melanie at The Refreshanista
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