Mangia: Spiced Vanilla Cookies.

Doesn't this time of year make you want to make and eat all things chocolaty, cinnamony and gingery? Granted it's not even December yet, but we feel like everyone is feeling the festive vibes earlier this year and while we're not quite ready to put our trees up just yet (give us a couple of days) we have been eager to get in the kitchen to whip up some Christmassy treats in preparation for the big day. 

We love cookies and feel like they are perfect for the holiday season. You can turn a basic recipe into whatever cookie you or your family would like. They also make great gifts. After making these, we definitely want to experiment a bit more with flavours, texture and of course, some festive decorations. We think it's about time we got out the Christmas sprinkles, don't you?

We originally looked on Pinterest for a simple sugar cookie mixture, but added our own spices and also some milk bit by bit, as there seemed to be a lot of flour and it wasn't coming together very well. These had a crunch on top, but were still nice and soft inside, plus they made the house smell amazingly festive. *Editors note: I'm (Kelly) a goof. I realized while walking to work yesterday that I only measured out 1/4 cup of butter and then promptly forgot the other 2/4's! Sooooo, you don't need the milk! :p See how you get on! 

What you need:

3/4 cup of butter.
1/2 cup of sugar.
2 1/4 cup of flour.
1/4 cup of milk.
1 tsp of vanilla.
1 tsp of cinnamon.
1/4 tsp of ginger.
1/4 tsp of nutmeg. 

What to do:

Beat the sugar and butter until creamy.

Add the flour, spices and vanilla. Begin to mix together, the mixture will be crumbly at first.

Start to form a dough, this is where you can begin to add drops of milk until it comes together to form a proper dough.

Once you have a dough, sprinkle some sugar onto a sheet of cling film and roll your dough into a cylinder on top of it. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees.

After taking the dough out of the fridge, slice it into 1 inch pieces and place on a baking sheet leaving space in between them.They will spread a little bit.

Bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool before serving.

What's your favourite seasonal cookie?

Buon Appetito!


  1. I love making Chocolate Crinkles for the holiday season! I'm thinking about trying to make a traditional Calabrian sweet this year! :)

    1. ooh they sound good. Let us know what you end up making!! :) xx