My sister or as we all like to call her.. Aunty Nancy!! Was in town not too long ago, and while I was in the trial stages of finding a new Christmas cookie, I thought best to save it for her visit since she is the baker in our family. Side note.. any baking recipes I post, know that I generally don’t follow the instructions well nor measure properly. I’m more of an eyeball it kind of girl. But not to worry, we had our family head baker, and mini baker in-the-making in control and as for me I learned that the glass pyrex measuring cup is for liquids only.. I guess that makes sense with the spout in all.
FUN FACT: Aunty Nancy is not her real name!! Our parents thought it would be a great idea to give us both beautiful, but complicated names, which most can’t pronounce on the first, second and sometimes third try! Her real name is Jenessa.. easy right! Anyhow, she thought Emma would have a hard time saying her name, so Jenessa herself came up with Aunty Nancy.. I’m sure not thinking it would stick and well.. nearly 4 years later she is known to Emma and all those around us as the one and only Aunty Nancy <3
What type of cookies are your favourite!? I find cookies to be tricky.. I of course like them sweet, but not too sweet, soft with a little bit of crunch, and I could live without cranberries or raisins, but they add a nice festive flavour for this time of year. We found this great cookie recipe that we think is a keeper, but we made some slight adjustments based on others reviews to make it perfect!
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted softened butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup white or dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans/walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Celsius. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In an electric mixer, beat both sugars, softened butter and cream together.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Add cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour.
- Fold in oats, cranberries, your choice of chocolate and nuts if you wish.
- With a tablespoon, scoop out dough in 1 – 1/2 tbsps roughly and place on prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
Don’t make the same mistake we did.. just use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough. I’m sure this is the only time she’ll allow me to say this.. but just eyeball a tbsp to tbsp 1/2 per cookie!
Sooo tell us!! What are your family’s favourite Christmasy treats!? Do you get together and make them all in one go or spread it out over the weeks coming up to the holidays? Tell me in the comments your MUST-TRY, SCRUMPTIOUS, CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT absolute favourite holiday treats that we.. meaning Jenessa needs to bake and I’ll put in my order with her ASAP!