With Christmas season comes Christmas baking! We wanted to show you four recipes that are Christmas related but bring a twist to the traditional holiday! With these recipes, everybody will want to come to your house for Christmas!
Apple Pie Butter Tarts
- 1 recipe pie dough (for a single crust)
- ¾ cup peeled, diced apples
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp + 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup corn syrup
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch each nutmeg and salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough to about 1/8th inch thick. Use a 4 inch round cookie cutter (or upside down glass) to cut circles into the dough. Gently place dough circles into the bottom of a standard muffin tin. Press the dough into the bottom of the tin, and push up the sides. Gather up scraps and repeat process until you have 12 in total! Place in refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
- In a small bowl, mix the apple slices, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar together. Make sure that the apple pieces are fully covered with the lemon juice and brown sugar. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, egg, vanilla, and spices.
- Remove the chilled tart shells from the fridge. Evenly distribute the apple pieces into the shells, leaving the juice behind. Carefully pour the liquid mix (egg, a cup of brown sugar, melted butter, etc.) into each tart shell around 2/3 full. Stir the filling often to make sure that it is uniform for each tart.
- Put the tarts in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Or until edges of pies are golden brown, with the center puffed up a bit. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving!
- 175g dark muscovado sugar
- 85g golden syrup
- 100g butter
- 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 egg, beaten
- ready-made icing
- chocolate buttons or small sweets (optional)
- Melt sugar, butter, and golden syrup in a saucepan, then let bubble for 1-2 mins. Leave for 10 mins to cool.
- Add flour, bicarbonate of soda, and spices to a large bowl. Then add the warm syrup mixture and the egg. Stir everything together. Gently knead the dough until smooth and streak free. Wrap in cling-wrap and let chill for 30 minutes.
- Remove dough from fridge and let sit until soft. Heat oven to 180 degrees F and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.
- Roll out dough to a thickness of a dollar coin, then cut out gingerbread people with a cookie cutter. Re-roll excess dough and keep cutting until none is left.
- Put the biscuits on the trays and into the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, swapping the trays halfway through. Leave to cool on wire trays until cooled completely. Use the ready made icing and sweets to decorate your gingerbread men!
Nuts & Bolts
- 2 cups of salted butter melted
- 1 tbsp seasoning salt
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2-3 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 8 cups of Crispix Cereal plain corn and rice
- 4 cups of Rice Chex
- 4 cups plain Cheerios
- 4 cups of pretzel sticks
- 1 box cheese stick crackers
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F
- In a large roaster combine the cereals, nuts, crackers, and pretzels. Melt butter, with spices, and Worcestershire on the stove. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir gently to mix thoroughly.
- Bake at 250 degrees F for 1.5 to 2 hours. Stir the mixture gently with a spoon every 25 minutes.
- Once the butter mixture has absorbed and dried you can enjoy your nuts and bolts!
Christmas Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups (375 grams) All-Purpose Flour, spooned & levelled
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup All-Vegetable Shortening
- 1 cup (200 grams) sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 2 tablespoons (30ml) milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For the icing: (if you want more frosting, make two batches)
- 2 cups (240 grams) powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract use clear for white icing
- 3-3.5 tablespoons milk use more or less as needed
- Food colouring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together All Purpose Flour, baking powder, and salt. Put aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the All-Vegetable Shortening and sugar until well combined. Mix in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- Divide the dough in half. Roll out each on a floured surface to around ¼-inch thick, then cut with 2 to 3-inch cookie cutters. Re-roll any scrap pieces and cut out more cookies as needed. Place the cookies 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake in separate batches at 350F for about 8-10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- To make the icing:
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and milk (start with 3 tablespoons) until well combined. If the icing is too thick, slowly add more milk until it has a spreadable consistency. Add more powdered sugar it the frosting is too liquid.
- Separate the icing into bowls and add food colouring as desired.
With these four recipes, you’ll be the talk of the town. If you’re looking to add some Christmas cheer to some people’s lives, try one of these recipes out and tell us how they taste!