In another life I must have been a baker. I really enjoy making Christmas cookies and I love when other people like them 🙂 I’ve been making my way through Weihnachtsplaetzchen by Elisabeth Bangert. Well, I’ve only tried some of the recipes. There are quite a few I wanted to make, but haven’t gotten around to. I haven’t done the Baiser-Plaetzchen (meringue) – and probably won’t. You have to bake them for really long and I don’t have the time and/or patience right now. The Liebesgruebchen (butter cookies with raspberry jam), Gebackenes “S” (nut cookies in S-form), and Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars) haven’t been made yet either. However, I did try the Lebkuchen (ginger/spice bread) and it’s much better than expected. It’s actually really good and tastes like the real deal. And there are also some lemon bars with a sugar/lemon glaze that are really great. And I can’t seem to stop eating them 😉 I also made some with meringue, vanilla and walnuts and am in love. So delicious! A close second in the meringue department are similar ones with ground hazelnut and almonds from this website. I also like this recipe for Kokos-Makronen (macaroons) from the same website. So good! And not having to use cookie cutter makes things go much quicker 🙂
I am also a fan on mixing chocolate with nuts! They’re not really cookies, but a great dessert/snack nevertheless. And what I like best about the chocolate/nuts mix is that I neither have to use a cookie cutter nor is there any baking involved. How easy is that?! You buy some chocolate that you like (white, milk, dark). Add it in a little pot and add that little pot in a bigger pot with water. Heat up the water and melt the chocolate. It’s easy. Just be careful that you don’t boil the water. I did that with my first batch and it made the chocolate hard. Anyways, once the chocolate is soft, you add whatever nuts you like (pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc.) and stir them in. Put only so many that there is still enough chocolate to keep the whole mix together. Once everything is coated, use two tea spoons and put the chocolate/nuts mix in tiny paper cups or just on some parchment paper. Let them dry and you’re done. So good! Guten Appetit!
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