CHAI SUGAR COOKIES

Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Christmas time is baking time. I use a ton of flour and eggs and varieties of sugar and I make a minimum of three different cookies or it doesn't feel like Christmas. When I was growing up my mum and I would get our her box of recipe cards and go through and decide what we were going to make. Most were hand written recipes of my grandmother's which made them extra special. You could imagine the dozens of batches of squares or cookies made over the years by the little spotted stains and faded words on the cards. Almost every year included oatsies (an caramel-like oat base topped with chocolate), honeymoon squares (a shortbready bottom, gooey middle, topped with coconut, nuts and a maraschino cherry) and gingerbread houses. My mum and I are both big idea people. We love making plans and dreaming up amazing creations. Sometimes they turn out but often they don't or they morph into something different along the way. Most years we would pick an overly complicated gingerbread mansion or extravagant scene, and my mum would spend an obscene amount of time neatly cutting out all the pieces like the diligent lady she is. A bunch would end up being mis-shapened, others broken, and icing was everywhere you looked. They would always come together by the end but had transformed into something new (usually a dilapidated sort of barn-house structure with a faulty looking chimney). The best part was the decorating! We would get a ton of bulk candies and sprinkles and my mum, aunt, brother, sister, and I would decorate them. I always made trees from ice cream cones placed upside down covered in green sprinkles or frosting and a garden where I'd lay different coloured candies in rows like they were little cabbages and carrots. There was always at least one or more of us who would create a slightly morbid scene to add some flare and drama– a headless santa who had fallen off the roof, angry rabid reindeer, or santa hanging from a telephone wire. It was one of my favourite Christmas traditions. 

Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca

These cookies are a reminder of those wonderful memories. They are reminiscent of something we would choose from the magic recipe box. Best dipped in some English tea, the chai spices are just enough to make you feel extra Christmasy and far less Grinchy. 

Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Happy Holidays Lovely Humans! xx


CHAI SUGAR COOKIES

the magic

inspiration:             Christmas baking with mum ♥️

 

the feels:                 warm flavours + crisp texture

 

eat with:                  English tea! Dunking is necessary. Apple butter,                                cappuccino, brewed coffee, glass of milk (nut or                                  cow)

 

might like if you're into:         gingersnaps, cardamom bread, making                                               gingerbread houses, How The Grinch                                                 Stole Christmas, knitted sweaters,                                                     cardamom coffee,cozy quilts, the smell                                               of pine, watching snow fall. 

the science

makes approximately 40 2-inch round cookies || prep time: 40 minutes // rest time: 2 hours // bake time: 30 mins total

ingredients:

  • 188 g unbleached all-purpose flour (1 + 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 77 g dark brown sugar (1/3 cup packed)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract

method:

  1. In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients (except the brown sugar) and whisk until mixed evenly.
  2. In bowl for stand mixer, add butter and brown sugar and fit paddle attachment (or use hand blender). Mix on high speed until creamy. Add egg yolk, vanilla and honey and mix until combined. Add flour mixture and mix on low until combined. Roll the dough into a large ball, cover in plastic wrap and press into a thick disk. Refrigerate for 2 hours minimum up to 2 days. 
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly flour surface and roll out dough to 1/4" thick. Cut out cookies with cookie cutter (I used a 2-inch) and lay onto parchment lined baking sheet. Combine scraps of dough and roll out again, stamping new cookies. Bake for 7 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool on tray for a few minutes then move to cooling rack. Sprinkle with icing sugar when cool, if desired. Repeat until all cookies are baked or freeze extra dough if making less. 

Store in airtight container on counter or freeze for longer preservation. 

Recipe adapted  from A Cozy Kitchen.

ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

I have a confession. I like my shortbreads slightly brown. I like all my cookies slightly brown in fact. I love the almost burnt parts of many foods that include, but are not exclusive to:

  • the edges of lasagna
  • the cheese that's spilled outside a grilled cheese and burnt onto the pan
  • the crispy bits at the bottom of the rice pan
  • the burnt pizza bubbles on thin crust pizza
  • burnt marshmallows! Just light that shit on fire and stick in my mouth. (that's what she said.)
  • Sugar! By that I mean creme brulee. Best. Dessert. Ever.
  • French fries! Extra crispy = extra delicious.

So, just a heads up that you can bake these for a couple minutes less if you prefer your shortbreads all unison and cream coloured.

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

The best part about these cookies are that they're savoury cookies instead of sweet. The piney-ness of rosemary, crunches of sea salt and a hint of olive oil. They're most savoury cookies I've ever made. And it made me realize how much I had been missing out on. These are so so addicting and after handing out a few to friends, I've already been asked for the recipe twice. They're like that boyfriend or girlfriend that comes along and at first you're like, I dunno, maybe. They're really not my type." But then you try it out and can't get enough of them. You never knew what you were missing but now that you know and understand them, you wonder how you ever lived without them. They're meant to be. 

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL SHORTBREAD COOKIES

the magic

inspiration:            Her name is Sonya and two years ago she gave                                    me a homemade rosemary shortbread cookie                                        and my life was changed forever.  

 

the feels:                salty, buttery + crumbly.

 

eat with:                 tea (must dunk!), marmalade, Terry's chocolate                                   orange, much coffee and good book or paper. 

 

might like if you're into:        crossword puzzles,the Scottish                                                          Highlands, fresh herbs, A                                                                Christmas Carol (my favourite version                                               is The Muppets)

the science

makes approximately 25 cookies || prep time: 15 mins // rest time: 3 hours // bake time: 15 min

ingredients:

  • 225 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 + 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 + 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt

method:

  1. Add butter to bowl of stand mixer and attach flat beater (or use hand mixer). Beat butter on low until smooth (about 1 to 2 minutes). Add sugar, rosemary and salt; beat for another 1 to 2 minutes until combined. Scrape down sides of the bowl and beat again on high until fluffy (about 5 minutes more). 
  2. Add flour and mix on low until the dough begins to come together. Beat for another minute.
  3. Make dough into a ball, place on lightly floured surface. Place plastic wrap on top and roll with rolling pin into a large rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (3 hours to 5 days).
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut the dough into 1 inch square and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Add leftovers pieces back together to roll and cut more cookies. Bake until edges are golden, around 15 minutes (or less time if you like all white shortbreads). 
  5. When cookies come out, brush with olive oil immediately. Let cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days or freeze for up to a month. 

Recipe from A Life Well Lived.