The Easiest, Peasiest Kid-Approved Christmas Cookies
by Mona Fe on Dec 16, 2022
Tis’ the season for Santa, sparkle, and some good ol’ fashioned Christmas Cookies.
All kids love to eat them, but not all busy mums are too excited to make them. Simply because baking can take a ton of time and leave quite a mess! It’s the same scene over at the WMBT HQ – that’s why we worked day and night in our little workshop to come up with an easy baking recipe that is simple, fun, and delicious.
Baking for Christmas doesn’t always have to be complicated! Especially since this is one holiday tradition you’ll keep coming back to year after year. After all, Mr. Claus needs his treat on Christmas Eve, right?
That’s why we’re stoked that this healthier alternative to the usual Christmas cookie recipes was such a hit with the kids.
So mums, if you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy the other nine included in WMBT’s booklet, "Summery Holidays". It showcases a nourishing and tasty spread fit for the holidays and festive celebrations. Rocking party preps during the busiest time of the year has never been this easy-peasy! So be sure to check that one out, too.
Our Cookies Get A STAMP Of Approval
Hold on to your aprons - the little beasts are about to have a monster of a good time in the kitchen! But guess what busy mums, so will you.
The idea behind this recipe is it’s so simple that you can have your children participate even though things can get pretty hectic during the holidays. Not only is this a great bonding activity for the family, but it’s also the perfect training ground for some kids to learn how to bake.
The big ones can take turns sieving the flour, crumbling in the butter and combining the wet ingredients with the dry. While those tiny fingers can get in on the cookie-cutter action and shape stamping, all mum has to do is gather and measure all the ingredients beforehand to get things started off smoothly.
Using the WMBT Stampies gives your culinary creation a festive element that’s a feast for both the eyes and tummies! Watch these cuties bring big smiles to everyone’s faces. These are great to make ahead and store in the freezer for instant snacks, party treats, lunchbox fillers, and as homemade holiday gifts to friends and family.
What’s In Our Christmas Cookies?
These Christmas Cookies are always a hit with the kids, especially at parties! They’re so cute and tasty that even the pickiest eaters can resist reaching for seconds. The best part is, aside from this recipe being easy and delicious, it’s also a healthier alternative to the store-bought kind. Those grocery cookies are typically loaded with sugar, artificial flavours, and preservatives. It’s best to make your own so you know exactly what your little ones are getting.
You only need these basic ingredients:
Butter - soft but still cool.
Maple Syrup – you can use golden maple syrup for milder sweetness and only a hint of maple flavour, while the darker varieties will add a stronger and sweeter maple flavour.
Egg – whisked at room temperature.
Spelt Flour - whole grain and nutrient-dense species of wheat that adds a depth of flavour to your cookie, especially when paired with maple syrup. Don’t have spelt flour? All-purpose will do just fine.
Rice Flour – this gluten-free flour makes your cookies crisp and brown more easily.
Expect a firm, flavourful dough that works perfectly with your WMBT cookie stamps. The dough won’t spread much as it bakes, so it really shows off all the adorable details!
- Be sure to chill your dough so your patterns show better. This also helps you avoid thin, flat cookies from butter that has spread too much.
- Because your WMBT Stampies are made from silicone, you can skip dusting your stamps. The designs will come out beautifully and it cleans just as easily, too.
- Make several batches and store the dough in a Ziploc bag and freeze. Pop them out and bake a few minutes longer to quickly solve any cookie emergency.
Makes 20 Cookies | Prep 35 minutes
- 300 g (2 cups) white spelt flour
- 50 g (1/4 cup) rice flour
- 150 g butter
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup
- 1 egg, whisked
Preheat oven to 160° C and line a tray with baking paper.
Sieve both types of flour into a bowl and combine.
Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine crumbs.
Add maple syrup and egg, and mix well until a firm dough forms.
Roll out on baking paper until about 3 mm thick.
Place another sheet of baking paper on top to cover then transfer the dough to the fridge, ensuring it is on a completely flat surface, to chill for 15 minutes.
Once chilled, use the cookie cutter to cut out the cookies then use Stampies to print your favourite animals onto each one.
Place onto a tray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Christmas Comes In All Flavours
Since this is one treat you’d love to have on rotation, it won’t hurt to have other flavour variations that are just as tasty:
- Decorate your Christmas Cookies with a simple glaze or white sparkling sugar.
- Add cocoa powder for a chocolate-flavoured Christmas Cookie.
- Dip the back in some melted dark chocolate, just like Digestives.
- Spice up the holidays by adding ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom.
Ready to start your own holiday tradition of baking Christmas Cookies? We hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as we did!
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