Chris Hawkins, head chef at Seasoned Events has opened up his recipe book to give us all some tips on making some festive classics at home:
Makes 4 dozen cookies, 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches in size
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
4 tbsp honey
In a saucepan cook the butter, sugar, milk and honey at low heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat then pour into a mixing bowl and let it cool for a few minutes.
Sift together the flour, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
Flatten the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours.
Since the dough tends to get too soft at room temperature, take out only a portion at a time. Keep the rest of the dough in the fridge.
Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out shapes and transfer them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Relax with a glass of mulled wine and enjoy!