Monday, December 23, 2013

Cookie Box for Christmas

I thought it would be fun to give, among others, cookie boxes to my parents, my boyfriend's parents, etc, for Christmas. I have this big cookie recipe book filled with all kinds of different (from sweet to crunchy) cookie and other types of recipes. So, this year I opted for four different sweet cookies.

About a year ago, I bought these lovely cookie boxes by Martha Stewart at a hobby-store and I was finally able to use them. They're sparkling red with cute designs on them and come with a box, a wrapper, a bow tie and a sticker.. creating a beautifully decorated box. So, all I had to do was fill them!

Almond Cookies with Cranberries
200 grams of butter
110 grams of caster (super fine) sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond flavor
250 grams of self raising flour
35 grams of crushed almonds
125 grams of preserved cranberries 

Heat your oven to 180 ºC. Grease your oven trays. Melt the butter in a big pan, take it off the heat, whisk the sugar and almond flavor through the melted butter. Add the self-raising flour and almonds. Knead until it becomes a smooth dough. Roll about 25 soft (not gooey) but smooth balls of dough. Place them on the oven tray, add distance between them, and flatten each cookie dough. Add  cranberries to the middle. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on tray for 2-3 minutes, then on a wire rack. 

Big Chocolate Cookies
250 grams of soft butter
165 grams of caster (super fine) sugar
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons of vanilla flavor
250 grams of flour
50 grams of cacao
a pinch of salt
75 grams of milk and white chocolate chips (or a chocolate bar cut into small pieces)

Heat your oven to 180 ºC. Grease your oven trays. Whisk the butter and sugar until airy, add egg yolk and vanilla flavor. Then add flour, cacao and salt. Mix. Add the chocolate chips. Mix until it becomes a cookie dough. Form about 12 (I made more) big balls of dough, place them on the oven and add distance between them. Flatten each cookie dough and add extra bits of chocolate chip if necessary. Bake for 12-15 minutes, cool for 5-10 minutes on the tray. Then place them on a wire rack. 

Cinnamon-Caramel Cookies 
250 grams of soft butter
165 grams of caster (super fine) sugar
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla flavor
250 grams of flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of allspice
a pinch of salt
25-30 soft caramels 

Heat your oven to 190 ºC. Grease your oven trays. Whisk the butter and sugar until airy, add egg yolk and vanilla flavor.Then add flour, allspice, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Place a tablespoon of dough on your hand and shape it into a ball. Place on tray, bake for 8 minutes. Take out tray and gently push a caramel on each cookie. Place in oven again for 6-7 minutes, then take out and let it cool for 5-10 minutes on the tray. Then place them on a wire rack. 

Sugar Frosted Cookies
190 grams of soft butter
220 grams of caster (super fine) sugar
1 big egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond flavor
280 grams of flour + extra 
a pinch of salt
150 grams of icing or confectioner's sugar (though I used way more)
about 1 tablespoon of cold water (this is trial and error, just test it out)
food coloring
decoration beads

Whisk the butter and sugar in a big bowl until airy. Beat the egg and flavor in a different bowl then add to the butter mixture. Add flour and salt and mix until it becomes cookie dough. Cover up in a sheet and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 180 ºC. Grease 2 oven trays. Roll out dough on a working area covered in flour, then cut out in desired shape (I chose a heart, but butterflies or anything else is also possible). Place on oven tray, place in oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Mix confectioner's sugar, water and coloring in a bowl. Decorate cookies as pleased once they're taken out of the oven and cooled. 

I obviously need to work on my sugar frosting techniques. But once all the cookies are cooled, I placed them into my lovely cookie boxes.. and this is what it looked like. All the cookies are quite sweet. Some are softer and others are crunchier (one slightly looks like breasts -oops), but all and all.. I am quite satisfied. What special thing are you doing for Christmas or during the holidays? 



  1. nom nom nom hier krijg een mens honger van, zelfs op dit uur :D

  2. Wat een superleuk idee zeg! Die koekjes zien er ook heel lekker uit :)

  3. oooh lekker! Ziet er wel een leuke bloksnack uit ;)


  4. Hmmmmm ze klinken allemaal heel lekker en ze zien er ook echt super lekker uit! Ik wil ze het liefste allemaal maken hihi

  5. Zien er allemaal heerlijk uit!

  6. Oeh, dat ziet er echt heerlijk uit haha!


  7. cinnamon-caramel looks yummy :o

  8. Ohhh jummm! Die eerste twee <3 Nu wil ik koekjes bakken.....

  9. Ik heb echt een zwak voor al die zoetigheid met kerst!


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