The Elf and Christmas Cookies

I was imagining myself being an elf today, the one who makes those amazing shiny packages, wrapped in a transparent paper and tier with the red ribbon. And then gives them to people that matter. So for the inspiration I ate a small Christmas pudding and got up to business. Starting with baking a batch of cookies first. Red Velvet Cookies, or as I call them - Christmas Snowfall Cookies.

Red Velvet Cookies, wrapped, with the candy cane
What you will need:
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix (Betty Crocker, can get from any supermarket)
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar, for rolling the cookies
  • Cookie cutter (star, snowflake, holy - if you want to make them fancy)
 What you do next:

First of all, switch on your oven to the mark 4 or 350 degrees F;
Combine both cake mix and a flour together, in a big bowl;
Then add half a cup of oil and vanilla extract to the flour mix;
In a separate bowl whisk both eggs and mix them in to the above mixture, you can do it with a spoon, it will take only couple of minutes. But make sure you do it well and the texture is even, with no lumps. Leave it aside for about 5 minutes for the oil to work through the entire mixture. First it will look like you might need more flour, but trust me, after couple of minutes you will take it with you hands and dough will feel like plasticine.

   Take about 1 heaped tea spoon of dough and form into a ball, like so:
Dough in a ball

Roll it in the icing sugar, until it looks like a snowball and place on a prepared baking sheet, covered with parchment paper:

Raw cookie ball, on the baking tray

   Bake them for about 15 minutes or until the edges are set and the cookies begin to crack on top:

 red velvet cookies in the oven

   Then take them out and leave to cool for 2 mins, until you transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely:

Stack of cookies

   If you want them to look lovely and Christmasy, take your cookie cutters and cut the desired shape out of each circle as soon as you took the batch out of the oven, before they have cooled down.

   I didnt bother doing it this time, as I wanted them to be perfectly rounded and look nice in my mini snowflake bags.

   In the afternoon I popped down to the shop and got those amazing bags.
Look, how pretty it is looking now:

Red Velvet Cookies, wrapped, with the candy cane

I might have licked a candy cane or two while taking photos...

What are you giving as a nice pressie to the people that you meet on everyday basis?

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