Updated: Dec 16, 2021
The holiday season is officially here! And with it comes holiday decorating, and of course… Christmas cookie baking! It seems to be one of the most favorite Christmas activities amongst families.
It's a time when we can all come together around good food and good conversation and have a good laugh. There is no stress in baking cookies… it's a cookie! It may turn into strange shapes after baking them or transferring them onto a cookie tray, but they are still made with love and taste great.
So naturally, we decided to give you guys a wonderful French butter cookie recipe. There aren't a lot of ingredients in this recipe, which means each element shows its true flavors. And of course, the highlight is butter! Now, these aren't your soft sugar cookies, they should have a decent crack when you snap them, but if you look closely inside them, once baked, there should be very small flakey layers- the true beauty of butter.
Now, these aren't your traditional Christmas cookies full of frosting and color. They are a classy cookie that can be best served after a dinner party. I always like to serve light cookies and drinks after dinner. It's something easy to snack on while talking with your guests. You can read more about dinner party planning and what courses work best together!
This recipe has three critical steps to note. The orange zest adds a very light citrus note to the cookie, not required, but I highly recommend it. Then there is the use of an egg wash. There are two parts to an egg, the egg white, and the yolk. Each has separate rolls; the yoke adds color, and the white adds a nice shine. While other recipes often say one or the other, it's best to add both to get rich color and a shine. Then there is the actual dough. Whatever you do, do not overwork this dough. It'll become tough, not have a snap, and crack at the top leading to a slightly less appealing cookie.
We will also be releasing a fantastic French hot chocolate recipe to drink with your cookie in just a couple of weeks! This is a fantastic recipe to make, relatively simple, delicious, and refreshing. It even pairs well with our healthy hot chocolate recipe here.
So without further waiting… let's get cooking!
"The Flying Chef"