How To bake Your Favorite Christmas Treats

Handmade X-Mas
4 min readJun 17, 2021

Caramel Apple Pie



3 c- all purpose flour, plus more for surface
(2 sticks) butter, cut into ½” pieces

2 tbsp- granulated sugar
1/2 tbsp- kosher salt
1 tbsp- apple cider vinegar
6 tbsp- ice water (incase, needed)


3 1/2 lb. Assorted apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala) peeled and sliced finely (somewhere about nine apples)

1/4 c- packed dark brown sugar

2 tbsp- freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp- cornstarch

1 tsp- cinnamon

1/2 tsp- pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp- kosher salt

1/2 c- caramel, plus more for serving

1- egg beat with
Coarse sugar


Step 1– Before beginning, set the flour as well as the butter into the freezer for about 25–30 mins.

Step 2– Firstly whisk the sugar, salt, and flour in a bowl. Later on, add butter by cutting it apart into the mixture until fine and small. Secondly add Vinger as well as ice water in small 1 tbsps at a time, as the dough comes together and is damp that’s the cue to stop.

Step 3– So, drop the dough and roll around a floured surface, moreover form into two equal-sized balls, and then use a roller to roll it until the dough is completely flat.

Step 4– Wrap with a plastic wrapper and place it in the refrigerator until the dough is colder, time: 2hrs-overnight.

Step 5– Accordingly, Place a baking sheet on the rack and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Step 6– Set apples, brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, as well as lemon juice in a skillet over medium heat. Continue cooking until the liquid gets thickened and apples get much tenderer, which may take between 10 to 17 mins.

Step 7– Flour the surface and roll one ball of dough into a circular disc. Attach the crust into a plate furthermore, moderately press it onto it. Trim the edges that hang around the plate and later tuck it under itself. Set the apples on the crust and then drizzle caramel over the apples.

Step 8– Roll out the second disc of dough into a circle. Moreover, cut into lines, and place a few over the apples. Double over the other stripes a few times and continue to do so with the remaining crust. Trim the lines and press onto the crimped crust and let it freeze for 15 mins until crust is chilly.

Step 9– Paint the crust with egg wash and powder with coarse sugar. Prepare the pie plate to the preheated baking sheet and bake until the crust gives off a golden color and the filling is fizzling this may take somewhere between 40–50 mins. Lastly, If you notice the crust is darkening fast then wrap it with a foil wrapper.

Shortbread Cookies


1 c- (2 sticks) soft butter.

1 c- powdered sugar

1 tsp- pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 c- all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp- kosher salt

1- egg white mixed with 1 tbsp- water
Coarse sugar


Step 1– Firstly, Place a baking sheet with parchment paper and prepare the oven at 325 degrees heat. Secondly, whisk together butter, addition to sugar, and then add vanilla to the mix. Moreover, add some flour and salt and whisk until it’s completely mixed. Cover with a plastic wrapper and place in the refrigerator for 28–34 mins.

Step 2– Flour a surface and roll the dough on top of it until it is half an inch thick. Preferably use a bench knife to trim the edges of the dough into a square shape.

Step 3– Cut into cubes and place on a pan and paint the cookies with eggwash. In conclusion, sprinkle cookies with coarse sugar and bake until it turns golden in color this should take about 20–22 mins.

Pound Cake


3 c- all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

1/2 tsp- baking soda

1/2 tsp- kosher salt

1 c- (2 sticks) butter, softened, plus more for pan

3 c- granulated sugar

6- large eggs, room temperature

1 c- sour cream

1- vanilla bean, scraped; or 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Powdered sugar, for dusting


Step 1– Prepare the oven to 325 degrees and place butter and the flour on a 10-inch pan. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl as well.

Step 2– Add in a stand mixer cream butter and sugar and mix until fluffy and softer in color. Moreover, add eggs one at each time and keep whisking in order to better combine the solution afterwards add sour cream and vanilla.

Step 3– Fold over carefully in the dry recipe. Place the batter into a prepared pan and bake until it gets golden brown in color this process should take about 1 hour and 20 mins more or less.

Step 4– Moreover it can also be Sprinkled with powdered sugar before serving as it adds more of a sugary taste. In case a person prefers it like that.

Hope you guys enjoyed baking through handmade-xmas.

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