The Christmas cookies are baked and packed away in the freezer. Each year, I’ve made about half a dozen different types of Christmas cookies. The kinds of cookies that make up my selection have evolved over time.
From the icing sugar laden, sweetened condensed milk concoctions of the past to my current collection of better-for-you gluten-free delicious treats, the cookies have become less guilt inducing and therefore more enjoyable, I think. I usually carry over the favourites from previous years and add a couple of new ones as well. This year, the Almond Cherry Power Cookies and these particular Shortbread cookies are new.
This is what I’ve made this year. I’ve made others, but these are the ones that turned out well enough to share with you!
- Christmas Cake You can find the recipe for both gluten-free versions of traditional Christmas Cake here. I describe how I developed this recipe after making one with wheat flour for years.
- Shortbread Cookies This is the first time I’ve made these Shortbread Cookies. I used to like homemade shortbread a lot, but I hadn’t had any in almost five years. I found this recipe at Against All Grain and really like it! I followed the directions for making it with butter, and the result is delicious! In case you can’t tolerate dairy, Danielle gives instructions to make the cookies dairy-free. They are also egg-free. Mine don’t look as pretty as Danielle’s, but they were quick and easy to make and they taste good!
- Almond Cherry Power Cookies These cookies are also from Against All Grain. That website is a great source of grain-free, dairy-free, and egg-free recipes. I don’t think these were intended to be Christmas cookies, but with cherries and chocolate, why not! Certainly the “power” factor makes them great for Christmas traveling snacks!
- Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti I could eat these anytime, but cranberries certainly say “Christmas” to me! I’ve given Elana’s recipe for them here.
- Ginger Cookies These were also inspired by a recipe from Elana’s Pantry which I have enjoyed over the years, but I personalized them a bit.
I’m packing up the baking and taking it with me as we head off to join some of our (adult) children for the holidays. I’m very excited about spending time with our family, and I look forward to sharing my Christmas baking with them. I like to be able to share nutritious treats. It’s a special joy to see our three-year-old grandson enjoying cookies that are good for him! It’s not that his mother doesn’t make good food for him all year, because she does! I’m just happy to support that. Do you do Christmas baking? What do you like to make?