I love cookies. In Canada, as opposed to buying tins of biscuits at Christmas time, homes all over the country engage in extreme Christmas cookie-making. I'm talking shortbread, gingerbread, sugar cut-out cookies, ice-box cookies, piped cookies, linzer cookies - you name it, we make them.
We keep them in the freezer and take a few out whenever there are visitors. Kids generally sneak a few straight from the freezer when no one's looking. It is a part of our heritage, really.
This is one Canadian tradition I keep up, even though it's been years since I've had a Christmas in Canada.
My kids, at first, preferred the tinned biscuits. But eventually, they started looking forward to my annual cookie-baking marathon; helping cut out shaped cookies and roll these cute little ginger crinkles into balls before rolling them in sugar to bake.
Each year, my kids invite a few of their friends over to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing. It's a messy disaster every year, but it's our way of sharing our Canadian traditions with friends. And that's what the holidays are all about.
Here is my favourite ginger crinkle recipe - these cookies are so delicious and so easy to make. Santa will be very pleased to see them laid out for his evening snack!
Happy Christmas to you all!
Janine's Ginger Crinkles
Makes two dozen small cookies or one dozen larger cookies
170g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
125g light brown sugar
1 large egg
60g black treacle
1 tsp vanilla
270g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
125g granulated sugar, for rolling (set aside in a bowl)