A huge part of the Christmas festivities is sharing in amazing food. If you’re looking to have an old-fashioned Christmas party, complete the old-fashioned look with some amazing old-fashioned recipes. This article will share with you some incredible old-fashioned cookie recipes! Keep reading to find out more.
As a desert, gingersnaps go way, way back. In fact, their origin can be traced back to Franconia, Germany where they were invented by Medieval monks. Recipes dating back to the 13th and 14th century have been found in Nuremberg and Ulm. Today we share with you a variant of those recipes, for your old-fashioned Christmas festivities.
For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 2 cups of all purpose flour, a large egg, one cup of sugar, a ¾ cup of shortening, half a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon, one a half teaspoons of powdered ginger, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a quarter cup of molasses.
The Instructions are as follows: First, preheat your oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Stir the shortening together with the sugar until the mixture is light. Following this, incorporate the egg and molasses. Stir the mixture until all ingredients are properly incorporated.
When that is done, measure equal balls of the mixture and dip one side in sugar. Place the balls onto your baking sheets and bake. They should take approximately minutes in the oven. When cooled pack in a cookie jar!
Delicious Old World Cookies
Like gingersnaps, cookies, in general, have a history that dates back to the 7th century AD, particularly in Persia. Because sugar also originated in the Persian empire, cakes both small and large were common in Persia way back then. When this sugary delights arrived in Europe they became an instant delicacy, so much so that they were incorporated into major festivities, including Christmas. This variation is called the Old World cookie, a round thicker than a usual cookie but nevertheless scrumptious! Here’s how its made:
For this cookie, you will need a teaspoon of powdered cloves, confectioner’s sugar, a cup of ground walnuts, two eggs, a cup of sugar, 1 ½ teaspoon of powdered cinnamon, 1 ½ cups of flour, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, and a cup of softened butter.
To make the cookies, first, preheat your oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Combine the butter with sugar, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Incorporate the eggs and nuts and stir. Using a separate bowl, sift the flour together with the powdered cloves and powdered cinnamon. Incorporated these dry ingredients with the first mixture, also adding the vanilla extract. Leave the mixture to cool in the fridge for approximately one hour.
Fill thirty-five muffin tins up to 1/3 of the depth of the tin with the mixture. Spread the dough on the walls of the tin leaving a depression. Bake for 18 minutes then sprinkle with the confectioners’ sugar.
Christmassy Wreath Cookies
These delicious cookies remind me of the famous circular Christmas garland. They will definitely contribute to the old-fashioned Christmas mood! Here’s how to make them:
You will need one cup of sugar, a cup of instant oats, two eggs, ¾ cups of softened butter, ½ a teaspoon of allspice, confectioners’ sugar, a jar of your favorite red jam, 1 ½ cups of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, ¾ cup of finely diced walnuts, and a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon.
As with the previous recipes, begin by preheating your oven, this time to 400º Fahrenheit. Mix your softened butter with the sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and stir well. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, allspice and baking powder). Add the dry mixture to the wet one and stir adding the crushed nuts. Leave to cool in the fridge for three hours.
Apply some flour to a clean flat surface. Flatten the dough to an eighth of an inch in thickness. Cut out circular shapes using a 2 ½ in. cookie cutter. Place the cutouts in a baking pan and bake for approximately eight minutes. Once cooled, sandwich two cookies by applying jam on one and placing the other on top. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.