An array of christmas cookies just waiting for folks to nibble on them. Photo by Emilia Juocys.

An array of christmas cookies just waiting for folks to nibble on them. Photo by Emilia Juocys.

Every year in about September I start thinking about what cookies I want to bake for Michael’s blog. Its starts off as a long list and then gets cut down, so a variety of cookies are presented, ranging from classics to new formulations. This year I wanted to share two new recipes: a Cardamom Ginger Coconut cookie, inspired by my love of Indian food, and a gluten-free Linzer cookie. After spending time with a teammate who is gluten intolerant I decided to make a cookie just for her.

The cardamom ginger coconut cookie has a soft spot in my heart because it marries the incredible base dough of my chocolate chips cookies and Indian cuisine. This cookie warms you with aromatics, cardamom and coriander. You get extra warmth from the minced crystalized ginger. There may be a lot of ingredients, but I am sure this is a cookie that will put a smile on anyone’s face this holiday. It did for my sister. She was very skeptical of this recipe; after they came out of the oven she did a 180 and loved these little nuggets.

Gluten-free linzer cookies are simple for those who, like me, who are new to gluten-free baking. I have been practicing because it is a bit different then traditional baking, using special flours, blends, or thickening agents. I am glad to report that I have been getting better. So for this holiday I wanted to share a fun and easy cookie based off of an old classic. What I love about this cookie is the hazelnut flour, its rich nuttiness that is enhanced by adding some cinnamon, and the raspberry preserves that makes it the signature linzer cookie profile. Great for all nibblers—even those who are not gluten free—a no-complaint cookie.

Cookie baking for me is both fun and therapeutic. I enjoy the sounds of the mixer paddling the sugar and butter, the wonderful aromas of spices traveling though the house. There is no place I would rather be than in my kitchen baking multitudes of cookies for my loved ones as music blares in the background, having my own kitchen rave. Baking makes me happy and makes others smile around me. Home is where the cookie hearth is—along with a cup of milky hot coffee.

 

Cardamon Ginger Coconut Cookies.

Cardamon Ginger Coconut Cookies

Cardamom Ginger Coconut Cookies

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons minced crystalized ginger
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  1. Sift together the two flours, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a standing 5-quart mixer with the paddle attachment, begin to cream together the butter, the two sugars, and the three dry spices. Paddle on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla and paddle until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Paddle on low and add the minced ginger . Pour in the dry ingredients on low speed and then the coconut.
  4. Once the dough has come together, let it rest for 5 hours to overnight. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C. Scoop out tablespoon-size cookies onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake until done, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Makes 28 cookies

Gluten free linzer cookies.

Gluten free linzer cookies

Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies

  • 3 cups hazelnut flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Raspberry preserves, as needed
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C.
  2. Sift together the hazelnut flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a standing 5-quart mixer with the paddle attachment, begin to cream together the butter, shortening, the two sugars, and the cinnamon. Paddle on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the eggs and paddle until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour in the dry ingredients on low speed.
  5. When ready to bake, scoop out teaspoon-sized cookies onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake until done, 11 to 13 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  6. Spread a thin layer of raspberry preserves and sandwich two cookies together.

Makes 24 sandwiches or 48 cookies

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11 Wonderful responses to “Holiday Cookies”

  • Carolyn Z

    Thank you Emilia for these lovely cookie recipes!
    Merry Christmas to all!

  • jen

    those cardamom ginger are so perfect… had all ingredients on hand (whole wheat pastry flour for cake flour), and they’re aging in the fridge to bake off tomorrow!

  • Mary

    The cardamom ginger cookies disappeared as they were cooling. What a fabulous recipe!

  • Mary Sunset

    Just finished baking my third batch of cardamom ginger cookies. We have a cookie exchange at work tomorrow. I’m betting my Indian friends will love these delicacies. I added a bit of saffron for color. Keep coming up with these unique flavors..

    • Emilia

      I am happy to hear that you are making them for the exchange. Report back on the peer review. I love these cookies. Nice addition of the saffron! :)

  • Teresa Mart

    What a treat! My mom and I got the ingredients this morning and these were the last cookies we baked. We were a little worried that the ginger and cardamon combination would be overpowering. WRONG… This recipe has been added to our “select” cookie file, and I’ve shared it with my sister. Merry Christmas “cookie creator.”

  • Rob Fargher

    Those linzer cookies look amazing for my gluten-intolerant wife. Unfortunately, she’s also allergic to dairy & eggs. A darn nuisance, as you can well imagine. I could use ghee for the butter but I wondering what could be substituted for the egg? Do you, or any readers of this blog, have a suggestion?