Cookies are a must bake for the Holiday Season and these Cinnamon Cookies are a wonderful addition to your Christmas cookie collection. The scent of cinnamon makes your kitchen smell simply divine and Santa is going to love them, trust me!!
The tradition of leaving cookies and milk for Santa Claus started many years ago in many countries around the globe. Parents wanted to inspire their children that it was important to share with others and have gratitude for the things they might receive.
In Greece Santa's feast day is on January 1st, which is the day he visits Greek children and leaves gifts under their Christmas tree. Greeks might leave some cookies and milk to help him regain his strength and they also bake an extra cake that day, named "Vasilopita", as an honor for him.
How to make Cinnamon Cookies
This recipe doesn't require any special ingredients. Just make sure to use eggs and butter in room temperature, beat the eggs with the sugar very well, until white and fluffy and sift all solid ingredients. When the dough is formed, chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. In the meantime preheat oven to 200C, set to fan. Sprinkle a clean surface with some flour and start rolling out the dough into 0,5 cm thickness. Cut dough with desired cookie cutters and place on an oven pan lined with parchment paper. At this point, if you want to make them extra fancy for Santa, sprinkle some granulated or brown sugar or a sugar-cinnamon mixture or grated nuts on top. Then bake them for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the edges become light brown. When ready, remove from the oven, let them cool for some minutes and transfer on a cooling rack to let them cool completely.
Another way is to sprinkle some powdered sugar after baking them (like I did). If you want to make them more festive, decorate them with powdered sugar icing by adding some food coloring in it as well and festive sprinkles on top.
Store cinnamon cookies at room temperature in an airtight container, when completely cool.
Servings: 40 pieces
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
1/2 cup butter, in room temperature
1 cup granulated or brown sugar
2 medium-sized eggs, in room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. cinnamon powder
pinch of salt
3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
For Sprinkling (optional)
granulated or brown sugar
or some powdered sugar icing
In a stand mixer's bowl, add eggs and sugar and beat on medium to high speed for approximately 10 minutes or until white and fluffy.
In the meantime add all solid ingredients in a bowl, mix them and then sift them. Gradually add solids to the egg-sugar mixture and beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment. Add 1/2 cup at a time and mix until a dough is formed.
Wrap the dough with a plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200C (392F), set to Fan.
Remove dough from the fridge, place to a flat clean surface and divide into two parts. Sprinkle some flour on the surface and using a rolling pin, open the dough into 0,5 cm. Cut dough with desired cookie cutters and place on an oven pan lined with parchment paper. (Optionally sprinkle with some sugar or a sugar-cinnamon mixture or grated nuts). Repeat method for the second part of the dough.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges become light brown.
When ready remove biscuits from the oven, let them cool for 5 minutes and then place them on a cooling rack.
Once completely cool, store them in an airtight container.
When ready to serve, dust with some powdered sugar (optional).
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