I don’t think I was ever that excited about the year ending like I am for this one. It’s been hard and I feel the need to just sit and do nothing. Spend days in the family, sitting on the couch, watching Christmas movies and baking cookies with my daughter.
Like any other year I will be baking more than 1 or two types of cookies or cakes. I always took some to work, but unfortunately it won’t happen this year, so maybe I will have the time to try something different. Something I never tried before like making macarons or a big macaron cake. I love taking challenges, they make me get outside my comfort zone and evolve.
Classic recipes from my childhood
Besides trying new interesting recipes I never had the courage to take on until now, I always make some of the cookies my mom used to make during the holidays. They give me a sense of peace and love that I want to pass on to my daughter.
Crescent walnut cookies
Easy, fast and super delicious. They are so easy to make that we used to bake them during the lunch break at work.
Take the ingredients, mix together, create the shapes and bake for 10-12 minutes. That easy.
- 150 gr grounded walnuts
- 420 gr flour
- 330 gr butter (room temperature)
- 100 gr powdered sugar
- vanilla extract
Put all the ingredients and kneed together until you get a smooth dough. Shape the cookies as you wish; I usually make them into a crescent moon shape. Then put them into a baking tray and bake for 7-10 minutes at 170C into a preheated oven. When they turn a big golden, take them out, leave them to chill because they will brake when they are hot. Then sprinkle powdered sugar over them. Delicious!
Salami biscuits cookies
No oven needed, just fast and simple. Surely many of your firends never tried this, so you can impress with a fast recipe.
Another easy and interesting recipe that not so many know about.
- 250 gr plain biscuits ( petit beurre type)
- 110 gr sugar
- 50 gr unsweetedned cocoa powder
- 50 chocolate chips or dark chocolate
- 100 gr butter
- 60 ml milk
- rum or rum essence and a pinch of salt
We usually grounded half the amount of biscuits and half just cut or rip into smaller pieces, but you can try them in different ways depending on how you like the consistency and texture.
Then you need to add the milk, butter, sugar, cocoa and chocolate into a sauce pan and melt together until you get a good consistency. Pour the mixture over the biscuits and add the rum. Then mix together until it’s even.
Now it’s time to create the salami shape. Get a cling film and add the mixture in the middle in the form of a rectangle. Roll it until you get a salami shape and tie the ends. Put into the refrigerator for 4-5 hours or better overnight. Now it’s time to cut it and enjoy.
Christmas drink – Marc Thomas
Don’t forget about drinks. I will surely try this recipe by Marc Zboch this Christmas.
The recipe is as follows:
- 1 tea bag or 2 tsp of a proper black tea, preferably Darjeeling
- 200ml/6.7oz of filtered water
- 3 dashes of bitters
Bring the water to a boil, then let it sit for one minute, allowing the temperature to drop to 96 degrees Centigrade or 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
Steep the tea for 4 minutes.
Then add three dashes of bitters
Now I am ready to sit back and relax. It’s family time and we’ll just all pray for a better year. Let the Christmas spirit bring light, health and peace to everyone.