Now that we’re this far into December, your Christmas preparations are probably well underway. Decorating. Shopping. Planning. Even cooking has already begun. In fact, holiday cooking this time of year can be a festive way to get into the spirit of the season. And when you make these Christmas cookies with the family, it should do more than bring you all together for some yuletide fun. It should bring good tidings of joy to your palate as well.
Why These Christmas Cookies Are So Soft
The secret is certain ingredients – and just the right amount of each one. A teaspoon of baking power helps the cookies rise. This creates the fluffiness you want in a nice, soft cookie. Next, you use margarine instead of butter because margarine spreads less as you bake. Finally, the two whole eggs adds plenty of moisture.
Christmas Cookie Ingredients
- Flower: These classic Christmas cookies start with all-purpose flour.
- Baking powder: Baking powder acts as a leavener, which means it makes the cookies rise.
- Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor, but it won’t make the cookies taste salty.
- Sugar and margarine: White sugar is beaten with margarine. You can use butter if you prefer.
- Eggs: Two eggs lend moisture and bind the dough together.
- Vanilla: Two teaspoons of vanilla extract is the perfect finishing touch.
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Leave Some For Santa
The good news is you can get 48 cookies making this recipe just once. That’s a lot of cookies. So go ahead and enjoy them right out of the oven. The better news is, if you follow specific instructions, you can store them for later. That means getting some out as Christmas approaches and maybe even leaving some out for the big guy when he squeezes down your chimney.
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