Christmas is the most unique time in any year. The sounds, the smells, the over-the-top tinsel hung from every single surface, sparkling in the beautiful Aussie sunshine.


When friends, family and other visitors pop in over the holidays, you want them to really feel – and taste and smell – your Christmas spirit!


With this in mind, our little social media gift for you this Christmas is an easy-to-make, delicious recipe that will welcome visitors with an inviting and pleasant fragrance. It offers the perfect ‘Christmassy’ first impression of your home!


Whether you are ushering in family, or inviting potential buyers for an open house, this recipe is a simple way to share the joy of the festive season!


Before we kick off, a few quick tips for those sellers (or just those who want to bring a little science and simplicity into their Chrissy baking!):


When it comes to Christmas cookie recipes, chocolate is a no, vanilla is the go!

This might sound a little weird, but stick with us. Your house is full of different fragrances. From the good – the fresh flowers, room sprays or left-overs from last night’s dinner, to the not-so-good –  your teenage son’s footy boots in the hallway or the cat box in the laundry.

Before you make cookies to stimulate the senses with Christmas’s magic scents, you first need to make a little time (and yes, we know there is only a little) to clean the house from top to bottom. This will help clear out the scents of the rest of the year and make Chrissy cookies your focal point!

Next, think about what Christmas really smells like – in Australia. Sure it is spiced and sweet, but it doesn’t necessarily have the clove and pine undertones of an American Christmas.

Step away from the ‘double chocolate cookie’ section in Woolies, and consider the uniqueness of Australia. How can you get that 'sweet' and 'spice'; without losing what it is that makes our Christmas special?

Research suggests the scent of chocolate may be distracting (overwhelming) or a complex fragrance to potential buyers (and visitors!). It recommends simple influences like citrus and vanilla, for a welcoming, fresh smell. 

Not the best at baking? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

There’s no scent quite like freshly-baked cookies when you walk into someone’s home, especially during the holiday season.

Whether you choose to display the cookies or not, a quick and easy way to minimise legwork, is to buy pre-made cookie dough from Woolworths or Coles. Roll the dough out and cut shapes of your choice if you’re looking to display them – if not, slice them up and place them in the oven.

Aim to bake the cookies and take them out right before your guests arrive (or your open home starts).

If you’re stuck for time and still want to create a scent just like Christmas throughout your home, pop some cinnamon raisin bread in the toaster before guests arrive, and the smell of cinnamon aromas will linger throughout.

Another great trick is to purchase a simple vanilla candle from the store, pop it in a bowl filled with coffee beans or cinnamon sticks and light it up! The heat from the candle will activate the beans or cinnamon and combine with the vanilla for a Christmas scent like no other!

The perfect Christmas cookie recipe to tantalise the taste buds!

If you have more time and the motivation to pop on the apron and get baking, look no further than this simple vanilla cookie recipe – perfect for that Chrissy summer, scent! Happy baking!

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g of softened, unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Three-quarters of a cup of icing sugar mixture
  • 2 cups of sifted plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (get it pre-ground from the shops!)
  • One-quarter of a cup of castor sugar

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT COOKIES

Step 1

Using a fan-force oven, preheat to 160°C – don’t forget to do this (most of us do, let’s be honest) as you need the perfect temp to get these cookies just right! Use some butter or baking paper to line a couple of baking trays.

Step 2

Cream the butter, icing sugar and vanilla (for those of you not into using your muscles, the beaters are a great accessory here!). Beat these ingredients together until everything is well combined and creamy. The texture will still seem a little grainy due to the sugar.

Step 3

Sift the flour and cinnamon on top of the mix and then combine to make dough. You don’t want the dough as wet as you would for cupcakes, but it still needs to stick together! Turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it’s smooth. Pop it into some glad wrap and in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Step 4 -- the fun part

Remove the dough from the fridge and sandwich it between some glad wrap or non-stick baking paper, rolling it out until it’s around 5mms. Now take your favourite festive cookie-cutter and get to work cutting out those cookies!

Step 5

Lightly sprinkle some brown sugar on top of the cookies and pop in your perfectly pre-heated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them and make sure you take them out to cool when they are golden brown.

Fom the team at Sale Ezy, from our family to yours -- we wish you a happy, safe and relaxing Christmas and a New Year filled with love and achievement.