• Asher Cusack

Festive Spiced Sugar-Rolled Cookies

These cookies are such a great little festive treat. They're warm-spiced, soft, chewy and tender. They'd be a wonderful homemade Christmas gift and pair perfectly with a hot toddy or mulled wine.

THE STORY

Happy December guys! I'm so excited to get started with blogging again. I gave myself about a month off as I started studying for my masters, just to get settled in. Now that the introductory work's out of the way I feel like I'm back in the swing of things. I'm ready to get back to my true passion - food. And what better time of year to do it? The holidays have some of the best food and make for an excellent excuse to shelter from the cold and treat yourself every day of the week.

Last week we saw our first frost here in the valley, with the soil of our allotment plot frozen and the cabbage leaves sparkling in the morning sun. Up until then I had still been firmly in my post-Halloween malaise but something about seeing that just jolted me into the Christmas headspace. We still don't know what exactly our plans will be this year - whether it'll just be the two of us for our family meal or whether we'll have some friends visiting. I do know that, as I always do, I'll be drinking bucks fizz at breakfast and spending most of the day in to kitchen. I know some people would find all that cooking and cleaning a chore but it truly is my happy place.

I wanted to start off the most magical month of the year with some serious festive flavours - buttery, sugary, cinnamon-y, gingery goodness.

THE DISH

This cookie recipe lands somewhere between my classic chocolate chip go-to and a snickerdoodle. I really like the added texture and interesting cracked surface structure the sugar rolling brings. These can also easily be riffed on by mixing up the flavourings - replacing the pumpkin spice with matcha, cocoa or some other spices, or the vanilla extract with orange or almond. I use this ratio of butter/sugar/flour/etc to make all kinds of cookies as I really think it has *the* perfect texture.

THE PROCESS

These festive cookies couldn't be easier to make. Just measure out and stir together the dry ingredients, melt butter, mix in the sugar, add to the dry ingredients and form a dough. You can form them into and size and shape you like. I enjoy the texture when they're on the thicker side so I roll them into balls, cover in sugar, and bake them as is. If you prefer a wider, flatter cookie, just give them a squish with the back of a fork before baking.

THE RECIPE

Festive Spiced Sugar-Rolled Cookies Vegan. Quick & Easy.

prep time 5 minutes

cook time 10 minutes

total time 15 minutes

servings 12-18 cookies depending on size

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup plain flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice (or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves)

  • ⅓ cup melted butter of choice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon milk of choice

  • ½ cup caster sugar (aka superfine/bakers sugar), plus about 3 tablespoons for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c / 350f.

  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and spices.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the vanilla, milk and sugar into the melted butter until well combined.

  4. Tip the butter mixture into the flour mixture and knead until just combined. You want to handle this as little as possible to avoid a bready texture. It should be a bit crumbly.

  5. Form balls of the dough by rolling it in your hands, the roll them in the sugar to coat.

  6. Place the sugared dough balls onto a parchment or silicone lined baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.

  7. They will be soft when they're removed from the oven, so wait 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Once cooled, enjoy!


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