I have to admit that I’ve been a bit lazy about the whole Christmas thing this year. I haven’t had a lot of free time lately, and as a result the house has not been decorated–we don’t even have a tree. I did manage to jot off a few Christmas cards and buy a couple of gifts, but it felt like a bare minimum of effort on my part. I’m seriously lacking in Christmas spirit.
Yesterday at work I put on some Michel Bublé in the hopes of giving myself a little holiday boost, but I’m not there yet. However, I’m hoping to get motivated enough by tomorrow to make up a batch of these traditional French butter cookies with the girls. This is a classic recipe that’s easy and fun to make with the kids, too, as they can use different cookie cutters and decorate to their little hearts’ content.
Les Petits Sablés de Noël
Makes approx. 20 cookies
3 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
125 g of butter
1/2 a packet of dry yeast
1/2 cup of powdered almonds
candy decorations (sprinkles, m&m’s, or whatever you wish)
- Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Cut the butter in pieces and soften in the microwave.
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle your workspace with flour. Form a large ball of dough and roll it out.
- Cut shapes out of the dough and decorate them.
- Place the cookies on a buttered baking tray and cook for 15 minutes. Wait for a few minutes before tasting–and bon appetit!
Do you have a favorite holiday cookie or candy recipe?
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