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Christmas Cookies

December 22nd, 2009 · post by isy · 1 Comment

squareimage120x120Come December the thing I like to do best is get baking. It makes me happy. And I think it’s also my German heritage; a tin full homemade biscuits is an essential German household item in the winter months. This year I missed valuable baking time by going to Copenhagen for the COP15 protests, so as soon as I got back I made a triple batch of goodies. I’m just going to give you two of the recipes; the third lot I made were Pfefferkuchen (pepper-cakes; yeah I know it sounds wrong), spicy gingerbread type things.

Lemon Biscuits

lemon cookies

What you need to make a whole bunch

- 250g plain flour
- 125 icing sugar
- zest of one lemon
- 1 tbsp soy milk
- 150g cold margarine
For the glaze:
- 125g icing sugar
- 2 tbsp squeezed lemon juice

1.Pre heat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.

making lemon dough
2.Sift the flour and mix with the rind on a work surface. Chop the margarine up and scatter it over the flour, then use a knife to hack it into the flour. Use your hands to form this into a dough adding the soy milk drop by drop as you go.

3.Wrap the dough in clingfilm or a thin plastic bag and refrigerate for an hour.

cutting lemon shapes
4.Roll the dough out to 3 mm thickness on a lightly floured work surface with a rolling pin. Cut out shapes with cutters and place them on a greased baking sheet. Bake the biscuits for 10-15 minutes, until starting to brown on the underside, and leave them to cool on a wire rack.

making lmeon glaze
5.Sift the icing sugar into a bowl then mix in the lemon juice to make the glaze. Pour over the cooled biscuits, decorate if you like, and leave to harden.

putting glaze on

Spritzgebaeck

Which means Squirt-pastry and yes it sounds a bit pervy in German too. You can use a piping bag, or even better a cookie press to make these.

spritz cookies

What you need to make a whole bunch

500g plain flour
250g margarine
250g sugar
2 tbsp vanilla sugar
1 banana
pinch of salt
125g ground almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

spritz crumbs

2. Rub the margarine into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugars with your hands. Mash the banana, then mix it in with a wooden spoon. Finally mix in the salt and the almonds.

pressing shapes
3. Fill your cookie press with some dough and press out shapes directly onto your greased baking tray. You can pipe out long strips with a star shaped nozzle, long thin strips with a rectangular combed nozzle, or use any other shape. You can also roll out the dough and cut out shapes if you prefer.

Using the star nozzle

Using the star nozzle

And a penis shape nozzle too! Heehee.

And a penis shape nozzle too!

4. Bake the biscuits for 10-15 minutes, depending on their thickness. Use a spatula/slice to lift them onto a wire rack to cool.

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  • Tom Fiction posted:
    Jan 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm. Comment #1

    Does the cooking corner have any good vegan gluten free recipes?