Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies

| December 18, 2019 | 19 Comments

There are many traditions associated with the Christmas season. How have these Christmas traditions evolved over time? Many of our Christmas traditions have a long and fascinating history. Christmas cards, Christmas trees, Christmas carols, and other traditions are still important parts of our festive celebrations. Our family holiday tradition is to bake together! We have shared many of our favourite Christmas recipes on the blog. Our newest one is the Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies! Your kids will enjoy using a kitchen torch to make the Crème Brulée (parental assistance is advised)!

Creme Brulee Gingersnap Cookies
Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies

A History Of Christmas Traditions

Christmas Trees

There are various theories about the origin of the Christmas Tree. One suggestion is that is it derived from the old English Yule tradition of decorating houses with tree branches. Another story from the 16th century is that German religious leader Martin Luther was walking one Christmas Eve under a sky full of stars. He took home a small tree from the forest and decorated it with candles to remind him of the stars in Heaven.

Christmas Cards

A London art dealer Henry Cole invented the first Christmas card in 1843 as a quick way to send greetings to friends. Cole tried to sell the cards to others, but they were not popular; however, as printing and postal systems soon developed, Christmas cards quickly became a tradition around the world.

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Christmas Card

Christmas Carols

The word carol comes from an old French word carolet, which means to dance in a ring. The first carols were written in Europe around 1200. Christmas carols became more popular with the writng of many well-known songs during the 19th century, including “Silent Night” (1817), “We Three Kings” (1857) and “Away in a Manger” (1877).

Stockings

European legend tells how St. Nicholas was concerned about the plight of three desperately poor sisters and so one night he dropped three gold coins down their chimney. The coins fell into the girls’ stockings hung by the fire to dry. The hopeful have been hanging up their stockings ever since!

Wreaths

Christmas wreaths are often intertwined with red ribbons and decorations. The wreath’s evergreen leaves represent the everlasting life that Christ’s birth promised, while the circular shape recalls the crown of thorns placed on His head.

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Holly on a branch

Holly

During the Middle Ages, the red berries from holly were believed to keep witches at bay and its evergreen leaves symbolised eternal life. The plant has also long been associated with Jesus Christ – the red berries representing drops of blood and the prickly leaves the crown of thorns.

Boxing Day

A common explanation for Boxing Day is that it originates from Ancient Rome where apprentices were given boxes of money on the day after Christmas. Similarly in 19th century England, the servants of large households would receive boxes of money from their employers. Churchgoers also donated money into a box in the church. The funds were then distributed to the poor of the parish on December 26.

As you can see, many Christmas traditions are still well part of our holiday festivities today!

What are your favourite Christmas traditions? Share below!

Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies
Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies

Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Crème Brulée topping

  • 1 – 250 grams (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cup powder sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Kitchen Torch

Cookie Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and molasses and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined (do not over mix!).
  • Roll the cookie dough into tablespoon size balls and roll in the granulated sugar.
  • Space the cookie dough at least 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Creme Brulee Gingersnap Cookies
Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies

Crème Brulée directions

  1. Using a standing mixer, beat together until smooth the butter and cream cheese.

2. Gradually beat in all 3 cups of powder sugar until smooth.

Creme Brulee Gingersnap Cookies
Gingersnap Cookies

3. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the mixture onto the top of the cookies and smooth evenly.

Creme Brulee Gingersnap Cookies
Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies with icing

4. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of sugar on top of the cream cheese mixtures.

Creme Brulee Gingersnap Cookies
Creme Brulee Gingersnap Cookies

5. Using a kitchen torch, toast the top of the cream cheese mixture to get the slightly burnt look of Crème Brulée.

Creme Brulee Gingersnap Cookies
Creme Brulee Gingersnap Cookies

 

Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies
Ingredients
Cookie ingredients
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
Creme brulee topping
  • 1 – 250 grams (8oz) cream cheese softened
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cup powder sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Kitchen Torch
Instructions
Cookie Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the egg and molasses and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined (do not over mix!).
  6. Roll the cookie dough into tablespoon size balls and roll in the granulated sugar.
  7. Space the cookie dough at least 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to wire rack to cool completely
Creme brulee directions
  1. Using a standing mixer, beat together until smooth the butter and cream cheese
  2. Gradually beat in all 3 cups of powder sugar until smooth
  3. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the mixture onto the top of the cookies and smooth evenly
  4. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of sugar on top of the cream cheese mixtures
  5. Using a kitchen torch, toast the top of the cream cheese mixture to get the slightly burnt look of Crème Brulée

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  1. Shirley P says:

    These sound like they are amazing A great way to make a gingesnap cookie for the holidays

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Those Crème Brulée Gingersnap Cookies look and sound delicious, only thing is I don’t have a kitchen torch unfortunately. 🙁

  3. Calvin says:

    These are a great idea.. I like all the flavors this cookie has to offer.

  4. Jenn says:

    Yum! What a delicious twist to gingersnap cookies. One of my favourite traditions is building/decorating a gingerbread house with the family.

  5. Paresh Pandya says:

    this looks super delicious

  6. Carole D says:

    These look and sounds delicious!

  7. Lisa L says:

    I loved reading about these beloved traditions. Putting up a Christmas is definitely my favourite one.

  8. Micheline says:

    These look delicious, I dont have a kitchen torch but wonder if you could use a camping/bbq lighter.

  9. JoKing says:

    I love getting a hot chocolate, listening to christmas music and driving around looking at the decorated houses!

  10. Leanne says:

    These would be great to bring to my Christmas party . Will definitely have to try making them although it might take a couple tries to get them right lol.

  11. LisaM says:

    I love holly – it’s so pretty!

  12. Shirley P says:

    Gingersnap cookies are one of my favorite cookies

  13. Kristi says:

    I love our tradition of opening our gifts on Christmas Eve. My maternal side is Ukrainian so it’s a big celebration. These cookies are so unique and yummy looking!

  14. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    I like all the spices. This would be delicious.

  15. Shirley O says:

    These sound really yummy!

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