Christmas and Pandan Flavored Sugar Cookies

With only three days left to Christmas, there is a mad rush of activities as we cook, bake, shop, travel, and prepare for the celebrations ahead. It is a joyous time as family and friends get together to renew ties and enjoy the holidays. While we are busy with all that, let us also reflect on why we celebrate this time. Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s birth and if there was no Jesus, there will be no Christmas. Christ is the reason for the season. Let us be thankful that He came to give us abundant life.

I have one last batch of cookies to make and I should be done with the holiday baking. Hopefully I can then turn my attention to the Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas gathering menu. Beautifully decorated sugar cookies are almost a must at this time of the year. To make mine a little different, I have decided to flavor them with pandan paste. This paste was purchased during my summer vacation to Malaysia. If you do not have pandan paste, please use vanilla. I have made two versions of this cookie, both eggless, but one batch using regular all-purpose flour while the other is gluten-free. The cookies with the all-purpose flour has an almost cake-like texture while the gluten-free ones are a little crunchy. The pandan flavoring gives it a nice fragrance and color.

These Wilton holiday cookie pans made it possible for the gluten-free cookies to retain its shape without which they will just be like flat pancakes. They also work great with the regular all-purpose flour cookies. There is no need to roll out the dough and cut them into shapes. Simply press the dough into the cavities and you get perfectly shaped cookies. The release is also superb. I really enjoyed using the pans and I am glad I purchased two of them.

These are the gluten-free cookies. They are a little crunchy with little holes in them as they were bubbling in the pan while baking. The cookie pans allow them to retain those cute shapes.


Gluten-Free Pandan Flavored Sugar Cookies
 
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cups (130g) rice flour
  • ½ cup (60g) tapioca flour
  • ½ cup (90g) potato starch
  • 1 tsp guar gum
  • ½ cup (115g) butter
  • ½ cup (96g) shortening
  • ⅔ cup (165g) sugar
  • 1 tsp pandan paste (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
Instructions
  1. Combine rice, flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, and guar gum in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Beat butter, shortening, and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add pandan paste and beat until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Knead slightly to form a ball.
  3. Press dough into pan cavities, filling two thirds full.
  4. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 7 to 8 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove and allow cookies to cool completely on a wire rack. Decorate as desired.

These are the ones made with regular all-purpose flour. They are more dense and have a cake-like texture.


Pandan Flavored Sugar Cookies
 
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks/170g) butter
  • ½ cup (96g) shortening
  • ⅔ cup (165g) sugar
  • 1 tsp pandan paste (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
Instructions
  1. Beat butter, shortening, and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add pandan paste and beat until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Knead slightly to form a ball.
  2. If you are using cookie pan, press dough into pan cavities, filling two thirds full. Bake in 350°F oven for 8 to 9 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove and allow cookies to cool completely on a wire rack. Decorate as desired.
  3. If you are using cookie cutters, wrap dough in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove and roll out to ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shape and place on cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 8 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Remove and allow cookies to cool completely on a wire rack. Decorate as desired.

In case you were wondering…yes, these are musical cookie tins. These lovely tins came with sugar cookies and were made in Germany. They were sold at Walmart a few years back for only $5.00! I bought a bunch of them as gifts at that time. Being an avid collector of tins, I purchased all three for myself. The silver tin has the “Silent Night” tune, the red one has the “Jingle Bells” tune, and the green one has the “I wish you a Merry Christmas” tune. Each year I bring them out and fill them with my own homemade cookies. :)

Please be sure to check back on December 31st for my 1st Blog Anniversary and the giveaway. You don’t want to miss the chance to win an autographed copy of a book I have chosen specially to commemorate the occasion.

Enjoy the holidays and have a Blessed Christmas from my family to yours! 8)

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Comments

  1. says

    What a great recipe that can be enjoyed by people with all sorts of dietary restrictions. I love the cute shapes you used…and your decorating skills are stellar! Thank you so much for sharing with me and your kind words on my blog. Happy Holiday!

  2. says

    Biren, your cookies musical tins and baking tray are so cute. It’s interesting that they are gluten free…will try to make some for my celiac friend. Merry Christmas to you and have a wonderful holiday :D

  3. says

    These are great cookies! I love the green ones. The pandan gives them that color? I also think these pans are great and definitely save time on shaping cookies. Merry Christmas, Biren, to you and your family!!

    • Biren says

      Yes, Victoria, the pandan paste has green food coloring in it. Extracting the juice from the pandan leaves will give better flavor but you need quite a bit of leaves and it is more suited for steamed or more custard-like desserts. It is much easier to use the paste for cookies. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

  4. says

    Biren, Those are lovely cookies especially they are eggless. I will bookmark this recipe and make it for the CNY. I love the cookie pan and musical tins, I would like to add these in my collections…Oh dear..need another cupboard to keep all these stuffs..haha
    Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday! :)

    • Biren says

      LOL! You are so right Ann! At the rate we collect stuff, we not only need another cupboard but another house to store all the stuff! Seriously, these tins are really nice but I don’t know if they are still being sold here. They make lovely gifts. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you too! :)

  5. says

    Biren, I love your idea of using pandan paste as I love the taste and aroma which pandan gives off. Such a perfect colour for wreaths and Christmas trees too. And why not green gingerbread men as well? I love your Christmas spirit here. Your musical tins and shaped cookie pans are awesome. So smart of you to buy those three tins for yourself to use as cookie tins. Hope you and your lovely family have a happy holiday and very Merry Christmas, Biren!

  6. says

    I love this cookie pan! I want to get one now too :) You did a great job with the decorating, and I love that you infused pandan into the cookies. Have a very merry christmas, Biren!

  7. says

    I just love those cookie pans. Lovely yummy looking cookies too! I’ve normally only seen pandan flavoured cake or bread, putting it in cookies is a good idea! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. And will definitely be back for this giveaway ;). I’m more curious to see what the book is haha.

  8. says

    Merry X’mas to u, Biren! This post has brought so much X’mas cheer :) Oh, I love those musical tins & I can’t believe u bought them at a bargain. Love those cookies u’d made!

  9. says

    Beautifully done Biren, I think you made a good purchase with those cookie tins. The green color is striking in the photos here. Great idea to offer two versions of your cookies and they both look good. I like the shapes and the molds look like another great idea! Merry Christmas:-)

  10. says

    What lovely cookies! I love the way you decorate them and those tins are so gorgeous! I can understand why you bought them for yourself! Merry Christmas to you and family Biren:D

  11. says

    Wow! Biren I love that cookie mold. Wish you were near and I could have asked my Christmas gift :) of course this cute cookie mold. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  12. DongXing says

    Hi Biren,

    Happy Christmas to you and your family. I love your pandan flavoured biscuits as this has now given me an idea of what to do for the same type of pandan paste sitting in my larder. Unfortunately, due to the festive eating and more eating to come, I shall have to try these biscuits next year when the waistline reduction programme is back on track! Here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful start to a prosperous and healthy new year. Keep those recipes coming!

  13. says

    What a lovely idea Biren – tropical flavor in a Yuletide treat!!! You know how much I love pandan, maybe next year I will make a pandan yule log ;)

    I also bought one of those musical tins filled with cookies. It’s very novel and though the music mechanism on mine no longer functions, I still have the (by now rusted) tin because it’s so pretty!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  14. says

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Biren! These cookies are beautiful, I love the pretty shapes. And they sound delicious with the flavor of pandan!

  15. says

    I love how you made a batch for those that are gluten free. I really need to direct my friend over to your blog. She’s gluten free and would love all the tasty goodies you cook up!

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday and I’m looking forward to your blogiversary bash!

  16. says

    Wow…beautiful cookies. Love those pans. I need to look for them. Hope you have a most wonderful Christmas. Wishing you everything nice and lovely in the coming year!

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