Day 23 ‘Christmas Cookies’

Eagerly jumping knives on the chopping board, food processor buzzing in the background whipping some eggs for another Christmas delicacy, water nervously bubbling in a pan as if it couldn’t wait until all the veges finally jump out of the hot bath. All these and lot more create the sound of Christmas in my house. For some it could be just a racket, for us it’s long awaited pre-Christmas buzz.

There is so much going on around that it’s difficult to follow. The last decorations are going up, few things are still outstanding on the shopping list (we cannot run out of eggs, sugar and most importantly chocolate over Christmas, can we?), last minute tidying is creeping out as well. Just to make sure everything is in place at least for a couple of hours. Everyone is such a busy-bee today, you can feel overall excitement in the air!

To be honest, with all that we had planned for today and taking into consideration how little space has left in the kitchen I decided to bake some cookies. Cookies that will be enjoyed by everyone, as much adults as the little ones.

Original Recipe Christmas Cookies

Butter- 130 g
Caster sugar- 1/2 cup
Eggs- 1 unit
All-purpose flour- 250 g
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Vanilla sugar- 2 tsp
Descanted coconut- 1/2 cup

Jam- your favourite flavour 1 cup
Powdered sugar- for decoration

1. First we need to prep few things: cut the butter into dice, take an egg out of the fridge so it is of the room temperature when you need to use it, blend descanted coconut in nutribullet so it has consistency of a powder.
2. In a medium size bowl mix together flour, coconut, baking powder and vanilla sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, using hand mixer whisk butter with sugar until fluffy and smooth. Add egg and mix for another 3 minutes.
4. Add dry ingredients into butter mix. Stir vigorously until all ingredients well combined. Put into the fridge for an hour.
5. Once chilled, take the dough out and divide into three parts. Roll each part separately and cut out desired shapes. (At this stage cookies shouldn’t be thicker than 4 mm).
6. Bake on a baking tray lined with parchment paper in 160C, for 15 minutes.
7. Decorate as you wish 🙂 Enjoy!

The biggest advantage of baking any kind of cookies is the fact that you can make them together with your children. And they will love it! As soon as the dough is rolled on the table, the real fun starts. Cookie moulds start jumping around, and out of a sudden you have a tray full of stars, hearts and rather unidentified objects that don’t necessarily look very appetising but definitely are super cute and real! 

It wouldn’t be real Christmas if not a bit of a drama in the background… In all this hustle, I dropped a jar full of jam on the tray full of freshly baked cookies… At first, I wasn’t very pleased with that but then I decided to take a deep breath and look at all this mess from a different perspective. At the end of the day it was one picturesque disaster! 

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