Tuesdays with Dorie (Dorie’s Cookies): Christmas Spice Cookies

Dorie Greenspan's Christmas spice cookies from Dorie's Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies really started to make the house smell like the holidays! Though in my head, I’m far from being ready (so much to do! so many lists of unfinished things to do!), there’s no denying that it’s December. The chill in the air is real and, if you teach students under the age of 12, the excitement in the air is palpable!

Last weekend I spent nearly the entire day in the kitchen both days, working on a few final recipes for the “Goûter” chapter for my book. The kitchen was organised chaos as I researched variations on the recipes I was baking (spreadsheets à go-go!) and while it felt a little like a bakery for a while there, I got what I needed to get done with some great results.

Baking or cooking dishes other than those for my book felt like a holiday and these cookies were no exception.  You start out with a base of Dorie’s Do-Almost-Anything Vanilla Cookie Dough and add some spices, roll out the dough, chill and cut the cookies out. If you like, you can sprinkle with a little sanding sugar before you pop them in the oven.

Dorie Greenspan's Christmas spice cookies from Dorie's Cookies for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor this first batch, I rolled the dough too thin. For a few weeks now, I had not been able to find the 1/4″ ring for my adjustable rolling pin and I figured I would wing it. The less-than-stellar results (above) made me head to the basement to dig around in my baking supplies – a little searching unearthed the elusive rings and I had much better success with the thicker cookies for the second batch…

Dorie Greenspan's Christmas spice cookies for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey baked a lot more evenly and the dough was much easier to handle. I’m not entirely sure the sugar I used classifies as “sanding sugar” – it melted a little bit when it baked, but then again, what are Christmas cookies unless they have that “homemade ” air about them? 😉

I had been posting my various baking projects on social media and a friend wondered whether there might be something I could donate to a bake sale she was running. She’d injured her back and wasn’t able to stand and bake herself. I told her as long as she could come by and pick them up, they were hers!

Dorie Greenspan's Christmas spice cookies from Dorie's Cookies Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comThese were apparently snapped up and enjoyed by all! A recipe I’ll keep in my back pocket over the holidays for sure!

Get the recipe for Dorie’s Christmas spice cookies here or on page 236-238 of Dorie’s Cookies.

Dorie's Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com



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24 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Dorie’s Cookies): Christmas Spice Cookies

  1. gigi December 6, 2016 at 08:51 #

    How nice of you to give these all away! They look especially festive with the ornaments!

    • Mardi Michels December 7, 2016 at 06:39 #

      Well I have so many baked goods all the time at my house that if I didn’t give them away I would be in trouble!

  2. Peggy December 6, 2016 at 09:16 #

    I love the concept of making one dough and changing it up. Your cookies are perfect for the holidays! Cannot wait to try these. I made the pfefferneusse and they are fantastic!

  3. Shirley @ Flourishen Test Kitchen December 6, 2016 at 10:08 #

    I get excited about basic go-anywhere cookie recipe. Looking forward to baking with it. Your plate of cookies are so festive!

    • Mardi Michels December 7, 2016 at 06:38 #

      Thanks so much and yes, this is a great base dough!

  4. Nicole December 6, 2016 at 10:18 #

    Love your cookies. They look great! And it seems so clever to have a way of rolling out to a particular depth without having to stoop down to measure!

  5. Hindy December 6, 2016 at 11:24 #

    Your cookies look very festive! Mine disappeared right away and I can’t wait to bake more.

  6. summer December 6, 2016 at 17:50 #

    Wow you managed to make colorful sprinkles look festive and happy. Not easy to do, I’e tried and failed. I’m looking forward to making these now.

    • Mardi Michels December 7, 2016 at 06:38 #

      Well sprinkles ARE festive and happy by nature so….

  7. Kayte December 6, 2016 at 19:35 #

    Christmas on a plate! So pretty and fun and festive…what a lovely gift, you are so thoughtful. Love the tip about rolling them as next week I will be stumbling around trying to do these for the following week. 🙂

    • Mardi Michels December 7, 2016 at 06:37 #

      Yes the adjustable rolling pin has changed my life!

  8. Joyce, Kitchen Flavours December 7, 2016 at 10:03 #

    Beautiful festive cookies! And so nice of you to give them all to a bake sale! Spirits of giving with something sweet!

  9. Diane Zwang December 7, 2016 at 13:34 #

    How nice of you to donate your work to a friend in need. I look forward to making these next. It has been a while since I made a rolled cookie.

    • Mardi Michels December 8, 2016 at 05:15 #

      Well I can’t keep ALL the baking I’m doing these days!!

  10. steph (whisk/spoon) December 7, 2016 at 15:47 #

    These were yummy…not surprising that they were a bake sale hit! I like your star shapes. So festive!

  11. Kim December 7, 2016 at 20:20 #

    I like your festive red and green sprinkles/sugar!

  12. Cakelaw December 10, 2016 at 01:05 #

    These are cute! I did not get around to cookies this week, but will make them up another time.

  13. Teresa December 11, 2016 at 03:31 #

    I can see these being a hit at a bake sale -they’re so cute and such a classic Christmas cookie. I’m looking forward to making these ones.

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