Christmas Spice Cookies are as good a reason as any to bring up a subject we all feel now and then. Holiday dread.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and all the other reasons we celebrate this time of year. But there’s one little part of the holiday that gets me a little down. Christmas Cookies. Just the phrase Christmas Cookies brings up visions of sugar plum fairies ransacking my kitchen– leaving a sticky red and green sugar residue across everything.
Which I suppose means that it’s not the holiday mayhem or even the Christmas Cookies themselves that I dread. It’s the cookie decorating. It can be so tedious and fussy. That’s where these Christmas Spice Cookies come in. They’re every bit as festive as any cookie dribbled in sugary food dye, but they’re a breeze to make.
It’s a recipe I spiced up from a classic sugar cookie recipe. The standard holiday version is rolled and cut out with cookie cutters. That’s the classic way to go. But I don’t see the point of all that muss and fuss. Because the main reason cookie cutters were invented was to open the door to cookie decorating. You know what cookie decorating leads to don’t you? That’s right, way too much sugar, messy food dyes, sticky counters and neat little piles of cookies tied up in red and green ribbons. I don’t think so. Not my style.
Because if I want a Christmas Spice Cookie– I want it soon. So my extra buttery version gets made in advance. The dough is kept in the fridge or freezer until the cookie monster strikes. Then in true slice and bake style I have fresh from the oven cookies in 7 or 8 minutes. Any time, any day… Even Christmas Day.
However I realize it is the holidays and I’m not immune to a little Christmas cheer, so I also rolled the edges of these Christmas Spice Cookies in turbinado (raw) sugar. Because even if I don’t much like cookie decorations, a little bling never hurt no cookie. GREG