My first post in the New Year

Christmas Spice Rollout Cookies

It seems a little odd to post this recipe for Christmas cookies in the New Year, but I want the recipe and the post here so next year I remember that not all roll out cookies have to be regular sugar cookies. Not that there is anything wrong with regular sugar cookies, but we had some bucking tradition at our house this year and this recipe was my little way of reacting to change. Sometimes change is good, and sometimes it isn’t as bad as we fear it will be, but this post isn’t about all of that. It’s about cookies.

These cookies get their flavor from ground nuts, cloves, ginger allspice and cinnamon. They also make your house smell great while they’re baking. They have the added bonus of not needing to be frosted. I love the look of frosted Christmas cookies, and I enjoy frosting them with my family, but doing it by myself is a real drag so I love that these are festive and attractive with nothing more than a sprinkle with some colored sugar.

I should also add that if you’re not a big fan of honey, neither am I. The spices balance out the honey flavor so that you don’t get that ‘honey’ flavor on your palate.

Christmas Spice Rollout Cookies

1/2 c. toasted pecans
2 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 c. room temperature butter
2 t. vanilla extract
1/4 c. honey
1 egg
colored sugars for decorating

Grind the nuts until they’re fine using a food processor, blender, or a hand held rotary grater. Add 1/4 c. flour, and 1/4 c. brown sugar and grind to a powder. Set this mixture aside.

Whisk together the remaining flour, spices, and baking soda and set aside.

Using a mixer cream together the butter, vanilla and remaining brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the honey and the egg. Stir in the the flour spice mixture and the nut mixture and mix just until everything is incorporated. Divide the dough in half and form each half into a disk. Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Liberally butter baking sheets. Flour disk and place between layers of waxed paper or parchment paper and roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutters and transfer them to the buttered cookie sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar and bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes.

Gather the scraps and chill. Repeat with the other disk, and then gather together all of the scraps repeat with the scraps.

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies

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10 Responses to “My first post in the New Year”

  1. briarrose Says:

    I love the spiced version. What beautiful little cookies. ;) Is there ever a wrong time for Christmas cookies…I think not…ehehehe.

  2. Annie Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a spiced roll out cookie. Interesting… but I like it! I love all of those dark winter spices! Happy New Year!

  3. basicallybaked Says:

    Thank you both for commenting! We liked these cookies a lot! Happy New Year!

  4. Gloria Says:

    Thank you-you wrote my first comment ever! I just created my blog on Friday, January 7 and it is still under construction. I have been lurking on various blogs for a while including yours. I am amazed at the excellent photographs and beautiful food people share and make. I’ve got a lot of practicing ahead of me. Yes, I wish I were on Fort Myers beach right now!
    Stay warm-baking is good for that!

    • basicallybaked Says:

      Hi Gloria!
      I’m so glad you stopped by and left messages. I have my settings such that I screen the comments. It cuts down on spam although wordpress does a great job of editing out most spam. From this point forward you shouldn’t have any trouble leaving comments.

    • basicallybaked Says:

      One more thing!! I’m so excited that you now have a blog. I’ve read a lot of the comments you’ve left at Cookie Madness and I think you have a lot to bring to the baking community! No doubt I’ll learn a lot from you!!

  5. gloria Says:

    I’m having trouble posting to your blog…

    • basicallybaked Says:

      If you have anymore trouble, please let me know. Even though this blog has been up for awhile I don’t know all the ins and outs and if something needs attention chances are good someone will have to tell me. :-)

  6. gloria Says:

    I received an error message from Word press-but it looks like my comment went through.

  7. gloria Says:

    Hi! Thanks for your comments! I did see them. I’m excited to join the food blogging community. I am hoping to start posting more items in the summer after I quit work after 32 years of it! Until then it will be sporadic, but I will still read and comment regularily!

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