Whether you’re a “Halloween is over, it’s time for Christmas” person, or an “I will, under no uncertain circumstances, listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving” person, ‘tis the season for holiday baked goods.
No matter how you celebrate, the season just isn’t complete without the inviting smells and tempting sights of fresh, homemade treats. As your family prepares for the holidays, whether heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house or hopping on a very merry family Zoom session, these three holiday recipes are perfect for gifting, a little cookie competition, or keeping in the family (we won't tell)–and they pack a high fiber punch!
Gather up the kiddos and get ready for some delicious screen-free family bake time with recipes that pair perfectly with our new, one of a kind, nutrient dense all-purpose flour.
Triple Ginger Cookies
The only thing better than a warm ginger cookie on a frosty winter’s eve is a warm TRIPLE ginger cookie on a frosty winter’s eve. With fresh, ground and crystallized ginger all packed into these chewy cookies, you’ll be enjoying the best of all ginger flavored worlds in 25 minutes flat.
The sweetness added from the light molasses and brown sugars in this recipe balance out the warm, zesty bite of the ginger in a satisfying combination that even non-ginger-lovers can enjoy. Be careful to avoid a dough that’s too slack, otherwise it’ll be tough to roll the dough into the firm balls that bake into that irresistible cracked-topped classic ginger cookie. After a quick 15 minutes in the oven, these aromatic sugar coated delights are ready for copious taste tests and second opinions.
“Better try another just to be sure.”
Tart. Refreshing. Buttery. Soft. That’s what’s in store with these citrus-tinged, bite-sized cookies that you can’t help but enjoy in multiples.
You’ll need a fair bit of parchment paper for this recipe, so make sure you’re all stocked up before you begin. This recipe involves rolling the dough into a log, akin to the cookie dough tubes you see pre-made in the grocery. This is part of the cooling process and a can’t-skip step in order to maintain the perfect little cookie shape. Please note that these cookie logs need to stay cooling in the fridge and are not to be used as lightsabers, wands or chew toys, no matter how much you love watching your cookie monsters play, or sneaking your pupper a little people food. These small, tender, lime-kissed cookie meltaways should be reserved for the human family members!
The finishing touch– a liberal coating of confectioners sugar while these cookies are still warm. We hear that the lime zest in these cookies becomes more pronounced with age, but honestly, these meltaways haven’t survived more than a few days in our kitchen to know if that’s true or not. The world may never know...
This irresistibly crumbly, rich, buttery shortbread is one of those recipes that you can file into your, “I want something that looks fancy but isn’t, tastes good and isn’t finicky” folder, AKA the perfect selection to satisfy diverse, particular family palettes during the holidays.
If you can get your hands on some fresh rosemary, that’s ideal, but if the spice aisle is where it’s at, that’ll do just fine. A traditionally savory herb, rosemary is a vital part of this melt-in-your-mouth delight. Holiday flavors tend to be quite rich, so this rosemary shortbread will ground a decadent spread with a buttery, piney yum factor that won’t go unnoticed.
After your dough is rolled into a disk and relocated to a baking sheet, with the aid of a fork, you’ll be scoring the dough into eight equal-sized wedges, like a pizza. After baking, the scored marks will guide the cutting of the shortbread, giving you eight sharable wedges to distribute to whomever should be so lucky as to receive one of these golden, delicious, fragrant slices of rosemary heaven.
There’s a nostalgia that comes with the holidays and this year we could all use a big dose of time-tested positivity and gratitude. As the seasons settle in and we dive headlong into the busiest time of the year, we sincerely hope that baking with our more nutritious flour and off-beat ingredients will surprise and delight your taste buds and bring you and yours together, if only for a few moments in between all the things. We remember moments, not days.
Here’s to revisiting old memories, making new ones and holding love and light for everything in between. Happy holidays and happy baking!