On the 13th day of Christmas -Candy Cane Cookies.

Ever since I saw the candy cane cookies on Pinterest I just had to try them. It has a distinct Christmas theme and they look colorful and easy. To my surprise they weren’t as easy as I thought they would be. Overall my whole weekend of baking was a disaster. Nothing came out as I wanted it to. First my inside out chocolate chip cookies came out flat. My dough for the candy canes were too dry and every time I rolled it, it broke into pieces. So I went with an easy recipe that I know would work. Admittedly rolling this dough was also not as easy as I thought but it eventually came out the right way.

For the Candy Cane cookies I used the same shortbread recipe that I used for the Raspberry Thumbprint cookies.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (134g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract/almond extract ( depending on your choice)
  • 2 cups  (264g) all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. First cream the butter until soft then add the sugar and extracts and mix further until creamy and light in color. I don’t have a hand mixer so I just used a spoon and mixed it together.
  2. Then mix the flour with the wet mixture until the dough is soft and flaky.
  3. Chill in the fridge for 3 hours.
  4. After 3 hours take the dough out of the fridge and let it stand outside for 20-30 minutes. ( If the dough is too flaky just knead small amounts in your hand until it form a solid ball.)
  5. Take half of the dough and knead red food coloring into it. Its pretty messy with your hand but for me it was the best way to mix the color into the dough
  6. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  7. Take 2 teaspoons of dough of each color and roll each one out separately
  8. Then roll them together. Lay them out in the shape of a candy cane on a baking sheet
  9. Bake for 14 minutes.
  10. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack

Recipe Rating 7/10

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On the 9th Day of Christmas -Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I love brownies and the best part of the brownie, for me, is always the sides …. where the crispy exterior meets the moist interior. This cookies is exactly that. Crispy on the outside and soft and fudgy on the inside. I made these cookies twice this weekend the first time I baked them for about 15 minutes… I forgot them in the oven, oops! They didn’t dry out completely, however they spread further making BIG round cookies. The second batch I only baked for 9 minutes, they were moist and not as flat as the first lot.

I loved this recipe the cookies were very chocolatey, my husband had three in one sitting. I think they’re really nice but I’m not a huge fan of chocolate so after 2 cookies it became too sweet for me, but that’s just me.

You can find this amazing recipe on sallysbakingaddiction as part of her Christmas Cookie Palooza where you can find a lot of other great cookie recipe’s

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Recipe Rating 9/10

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On the 8th day of Christmas – Thumbprint cookies

For today’s cookie I chose the Raspberry Almond thumbprint cookie from sallysbakingaddiction. This recipe is a shortbread recipe with a little bit of jam in the middle of the cookie. I used blueberry!

On Saturday afternoon I started with this as it needs to chill in the fridge for 4 hours so I decided I’ll leave it in the fridge overnight and then bake them on Sunday morning. That way I can also take some pictures  when the sun is out.

I made the dough and it seemed a little flaky, I tried to roll it in a ball but it was too flaky so I decided to chill it and see how it works out the next day. It bugged me a little that the dough didn’t look the way I expected and I looked for some advice online. Most people suggest using some melted butter or to knead the dough a little. I was afraid I’d mess up the dough even further and I’m not really a fan of wastage so I decided to take a small piece of dough and knead it in my hand a little. That seemed to work and I was able to roll the dough into balls. So I did that with every cookie, scooping about a tablespoon of dough in my hand and then pressing it a little until it becomes firm. I went back to the website and saw on the comments that some people had the same problem but by kneading the dough in my hand a little I solved the problem. Keep this in mind when making these cookies.

I baked the cookies for 14-15 minutes and they came out wonderfully.

img_6540img_6536img_6541These cookies absolutely just melt in your mouth and is wonderful with some coffee. My cookies didn’t look as good as Sally’s but its my first time and practice makes perfect 🙂

Recipe Rating 7/10

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On the 7th day of Christmas-Nutella no-bake Chocolate Cookies.

Today’s recipe is the Nutella no-bake chocolate cookies. What can be better than a smooth melt in your melt, mix of butter and chocolate. This is a lovely and easy recipe that you can make within minutes and its a fun recipe that you can do with your kids. The longest part is waiting for it to cool but with the winter weather you can already dig into the cookies minutes after you put them on the baking sheet. They do however taste better after they’ve been chilled. This recipe has originally been prepared by Jocelyn and you can find it on insidebrucrewlife.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Nutella spread
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut

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This recipe was really easy to make and you can freeze it until a later date or keep it in the fridge if you want to eat something sweet everyday. It is a little bit rich but that doesn’t matter if you only eat one or two at a time

Recipe rating 8/10

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20 Days of Christmas

Its almost Christmas. It’s most definitely my favourite time of the year. Its a time for spending time with your family and remembering how much you love and need each other.

I’ve decided to give my students a little something for Christmas. Since buying gifts for all of them(150 students) will cost me a fortune, I’ve decided to make some cookies. After my first batch of cookies I realised that baking the same thing for everyone will take a lot of time and I’m going to get bored making the same recipe everyday, so…. I’m going to make different cookies until I reach 450 cookies. Since I love blogging so much, I will share a recipe a day up until the 23rd of December. I’ll still share other aspects of my life with you too. I hope you ‘ll share this cooking baking journey with me. Feel free to post some of your own favourite recipes or link me in a cookie post 😀

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