I’ve finally been getting into the Christmas spirit and all the cozy traditions of the season. Normally way before Thanksgiving I’m itching to throw up the tree and dance around the house to some Christmas tunes BUT this year it’s not been quite like that. I’m blaming it on the warmer weather we’ve had here in Indiana. (60 degrees in December just confuses my norm.) But make no mistake. You won’t find me complaining. I would have it this warm every year in December but at the same time it doesn’t feel quite as much like the holidays without a little crisp chill. Every year once Fall hits I start getting in the mood to bake everything. That’s why black leggings are my best friend during Fall and Winter. Can I get an amen?! I throw on my stretchy pants under a long sweater to hide a little extra 5-10 pounds I’ve happily put on over the seasons. In all seriousness though, the grinch has left and I’m baking Christmas cookies like a crazy lady. I thought these windowpane cookies were cute and tasty and figured you all would enjoy throwing on your stretchy pants and chowing down with me…
CHRISTMAS WINDOWPANE COOKIES
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter (at room temp.)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar (for dusting cookies)
1/2 cup peppermints
1.) Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Then add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
2.) Roll and flatten dough into small disks, cover and refrigerate for approximately one hour.
3.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
4.) Generously dust a work surface with confectioners’ sugar. Roll each disk one at a time and cut out shapes using 3-4 inch cookie cutters and arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. With a smaller cookie cutter or a knife, cut out a small square or circle in the center of your cookies for the candy to go in later. Refrigerate the cookies for another hour.
5.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6.) Place the peppermints in the center of the cookies and bake for 16 minutes. Let cool and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
These are a process to make but make delicious results in the end! If you have kids, I’m sure they would love to get in there and get there hands a little messy and “help” out. I allowed my kids to help in the kitchen today which ended with us being about two cookies short after they devoured some dough when I wasn’t looking BUT they had a blast being helpers.
Oh and P.S. I feel like these are perfect cookies for a cookie exchange or a Christmas party! Don’t you?