Holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. It’s usually filled with parties, friends, family, and loved ones. But this year is expected to be a lot different than your usual holiday shenanigans. It might be a smaller crowd but it doesn’t make it any less stressful. You’re probably still racking your brain around what to make for Christmas lunch and dinner, and how to make this holiday just as wonderful as any other year. We know you have a lot on your plate this year. That’s why we’ve put together a few simple and easy feel-good Christmas recipes with a high “wow-factor” and low cook time.
Whatever your holiday plans look like this year, these 4 delicious Christmas recipes are guaranteed to help you get in the Christmas spirit, and make your holidays merry and bright!
Lemon-Coriander Drizzle Christmas Cake
We know what you’re thinking, lemon and coriander? How can they possibly go together? Fret not, this Christmas cake recipe is just what’s been missing from your menu all these years. Our lemon-coriander Christmas cake recipe makes for the perfect afternoon refreshment. The beautiful infusion of citrusy lemon and warm coriander seeds lifts your Christmas cake recipe game to new heights just as it lifts your spirits!
- 3 cups Danfe Durum Wheat Semolina Flour
- 1 tbsp Danfe Coriander Seeds, Crushed
- 1tsp Baking Powder
- 2 cups Caster Sugar
- ½ cup Granulated Sugar
- 4 tbsp Melted Butter, Unsalted
- Zest and Juice of 2 Lemons
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 3 Eggs
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then, lightly grease a 9×5 non-stick loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
Step 2: In an electric stand mixer, beat the butter and caster sugar together. Add one egg at a time until you get a light and fluffy mixture.
Step 3: Now, gently fold in the lemon zest, Danfe’s durum wheat semolina flour, and baking powder. Next, slowly add the milk until the batter has a dropping consistency.
Step 4: Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. Do a cake test at the end by inserting a toothpick into the center, and pull it out. The toothpick should come out clean except for a few crumbs.
Step 5: Now it’s time to make the coriander syrup! Heat a small pan over low heat.
Step 6: Add granulated sugar, Danfe coriander seeds, and lemon juice. Simmer for 10 minutes until you have a 2 string consistency and strain.
Step 7: When the cake is done, take it out of the oven, and drizzle the syrup on top. Let it cool. Then transfer to a plate, add some sugar crystals and the remaining lemon zest on top.
Step 8: You’re done! Enjoy this ultra-easy Christmas cake with a hot cup of cocoa or tea, or by itself!
Hot Chocolate Christmas Cookies
We’re taking the two best things about the holiday season – hot chocolate and Christmas cookies – and putting them together to make your holidays even merrier! This Christmas cookie recipe will make you warm and cozy, and take you back to some of the best nights of your childhood. You know the times when you used to have a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly winter night sitting by the fireplace and soaking in the magical night.
- 2 cups Danfe’s Maida (All-Purpose Flour)
- ⅔ cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¾ cup Butter, Room Temperature
- ¾ cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar
- ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 19 Marshmallows
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In the meantime, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together Danfe’s maida/all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
Step 3: In an electric stand mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and packed dark brown sugar together on medium-high speed until you get a light and creamy mixture.
Step 4: Slowly add the eggs and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides until everything is mixed evenly.
Step 5: Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and mix until everything is evenly combined.
Step 6: Take a 1-inch scoop, scoop the batter, and place it on the cookie sheet. Make sure to place the dough balls 2 inches apart.
Step 7: Bake for 8-10 minutes until the sides are crispy and the center is just set.
Step 8: Carefully take the pan out of the oven and gently place a marshmallow in the center of each cookie.
Step 9: Pop the pan back in the oven and bake for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallows are soft.
Step 10: Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then, using a metal spatula or just your oven mitts, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let them cool completely.
Step 11: As an optional step, you can chop some leftover chocolate chips and sprinkle them on top.
Step 12: Enjoy these festive Christmas cookies by itself, with some ice cream, or with milk!
Whole Wheat Gingerbread Christmas Cookies
‘Tis the season for making easy Christmas cookie recipes! This is actually one of the most wonderful Christmas cookie recipes as it’s a great opportunity to involve the entire family for some Christmas fun! Soft in the center, and crispy around the edges, this perfectly spiced Christmas cookie recipe makes decorating and shaping extremely easy and fun! If you have little kids, this easy recipe will keep them entertained for hours.
- 2 cups Danfe’s Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 tsp Gingerbread Spice
- 3 tbsp Honey
- 1 Egg
- ½ stick Butter, Unsalted and Room Temperature
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- Sprinkles and Icing for decoration
Step 1: In a bowl, mix together Danfe’s whole wheat flour, powdered sugar, and baking soda. Set aside.
Step 2: In an electric stand mixer, beat together butter, egg, and honey on medium speed. Switch to low speed and slowly add in the flour mixture until just combined.
Step 3: Divide the dough into two equal pieces in the shape of a ball. Wrap the balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Step 4: Once the dough is chilled, roll it out. Using your cookie cutters, cut the dough into whatever shapes you like. Re-roll the scraps and repeat until you use up all the dough.
Step 5: Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Step 6: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the cut-out dough to the cookie sheet.
Step 7: Bake for 8-10 minutes. Once the timer goes off, take out the cookie sheet from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.
Step 8: Then, carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let it cool completely.
Step 9: Once the cookies are room temperature, decorate them with icing, candies, or sprinkles.
Step 10: Serve and enjoy these super easy, healthy Christmas cookies immediately. Or you can store them in a tightly sealed container for up to 4 days.
Buttery Christmas Shortbread Cookies
This is truly one of the most delicious and easy Christmas cookie recipes that’s out there! This classic cookie recipe comes together with just five ingredients – things you probably already have in your pantry! Melt in your mouth buttery soft, these shortbreads are sure to be gone in seconds! Being buttery soft, these are extremely easy to cut into different shapes and fun to decorate.
- 1 ⅓ cup Danfe’s Maida/All-Purpose Flour
- 2 sticks Butter, Room Temperature
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar
- ½ cup Cornstarch
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Icing and Sprinkles for decoration
Step 1: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: In a mixing bowl or electric stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract together until they’re light and fluffy.
Step 3: Slowly add Danfe’s maida/all-purpose flour and cornstarch and stir until well combined.
Step 4: Lightly flour your kitchen counter. Form the dough into a ball, and knead it until it’s smooth. Then form it into a ball again and flatten it out into a flat disk.
Step 5: Roll out the dough. Using your cookie cutters, cut the dough into desired shapes. Re-roll the scraps and repeat until you use up all the dough.
Step 6: Transfer the cut-out shapes to the cookie sheet and pop it in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.
Step 7: When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Take the cut-out shapes out of the refrigerator, and place them in the oven. Bake for 12-16 minutes or just until the edges turn golden brown.
Step 8: Rotate the pan halfway through for even browning. Once the timer goes off, take it out of the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 9: Now it’s time for the fun part. Take out your icing, sprinkles, and candy to decorate these decadent Christmas cookies (optional). If you’re not a fan of icing, you can enjoy them just the way they are.
Christmas cookies and cakes are the perfect desserts to share with friends and family during the holiday season. All of our Christmas recipes – yes we know it’s hard to believe, but, both Christmas cookie recipes and Christmas cake recipes – are made with a lovely, healthy twist – with Danfe’s 100% natural products. These ingredients are ethically sourced and produced to give you and your loved ones healthy-but-festive dessert options. If you’re trying to get on the nice list this year, using Danfe products will surely do it AND they’ll make crowd-pleasing desserts that are sure to be a knockout. This is what you call a Merry Christmas!