Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, filled with good food, family, friends and lots of love! We had an amazing Christmas around here, we made a dinner for our friends, and it was so much fun! Even if we woke up 6 am on Christmas eve to spend the entire day cooking and baking, it was totally worth it! For the first time we cooked a whole Turkey, we were a little bit afraid of doing it, because our oven is small and weren’t sure if we could fit the bird in….so we managed to find a “small” turkey, around 4 kilos and it fit just fine! YAY! We followed a Jamie Oliver recipe for it, and the turkey came out perfectly, juicy and tasty! We were really afraid that it would come out dry, but talk about beginners luck! hahaha Other than that, I only managed to take one picture of the night, it’s impossible to keep taking pictures of the food when you are dying to eat…priorities people! hahahaha
Anyway, it is too late to share a recipe of Christmas cookies I baked last week and the week before that?! haha I wanted so much to share this before Christmas, but I didn’t find the time to do it…but I swear that you can bake this throughout the year, because they are so crazy delicious!!! Buttery, lemony bites of heaven…hahaha This was actually the first time that I baked these cookies, I found the recipe at a supermarket food magazine called Mit Liebe, I really like this magazine, they have so many good recipes! I always get it at the Edeka supermarket when it comes out, plus, it’s free!! I’m getting pretty good at learning to read recipes in german, sometimes it can be a bit confusing, but google translator is a blessing! hahahaha Baking Christmas cookies it a huge thing around here, and this is the second year I do it (last year’s cookies here), I hope it will become a tradition in our house 🙂 but to tell you the truth, I enjoy much more baking them, than eating them! We are not big sugar fans around here, and since the recipes come in big batches, I decided to give them as a little Christmas gift to our friends that came to our Christmas dinner 😀
These cookies are really ease to make, I’m going to try and translate this recipe for you…hope I don’t mess it up! hahaha Hope you enjoy!
2 bags of Earl Grey, black tea flavored
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
250 g of icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
250 g unsalted butter, soft
60 g cornstarch
250 g flour
sugar pearls, for decorating (if you want)
1. Take the Earl Grey tea from the bags. Finely grate with vanilla extract, 90 g icing sugar and salt in the food processor. Place mix in a large bowl and cream with butter. Rinse the limes, zest 1 tbsp of skin, and juice the lemons. Stir in the buttery mixture 3 tablespoons of lime juice and the zest. Mix cornstarch and flour and stir briefly in the butter cream. Cool dough in the fridge for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180 ° C (circulating air 160 ° C).
2. Take the bowl from the fridge and form the dough into 70 small balls. Distribute balls at intervals on two sheets of baking pans with baking paper and press flat. Approximately bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are brown and let cool.
3. Whisk 4 tablespoons of lime juice and 130 g of icing sugar into a glaze. Dip biscuits top side up. Stir the remaining powdered sugar into the glaze and pour into a piping bag with the smallest perforated nozzle. Sprinkle patterns on the cookies and decorate with silver beads. Let dry. Keep cool in a cookie jar.
Baking with tea was a first for me, I don’t know how usual this can be, but I really enjoyed the idea! In the beginner of December, we bought some tea at Kusmi Tea at Bikini Berlin, and this Decaf Earl Grey with Citrus Fruits was a compliment gift from the store (loved buying there! huge fans of Kusmi Tea!). So of course it was the perfect addition to use on this cookie! Also, since I don’t have a food processor, I used this extra thing that came with my blender to grate the tea with the icing sugar and vanilla extract, and it worked just fine!
The original recipe asks for only two lemons, but since my lemons were a little bit dry, I had to use the double amount for the whole recipe.
What a saviour Rafael is! Of course I had to ask him to take these pictures while I had my hands dirty! haha Sometimes that is why I don’t share more recipe posts, I just can’t do it all by myself…
I began taking the pictures with the camera, but for my bad luck the battery died, and the other battery was not charged….(got a little bit mad, but it was totally my fault! haha). So we ended up using the phone to take the rest of the pictures.
Now, I know that the recipe tells you to make 70 cookies, but the first time I baked these cookies I was in quite a hurry, because I was making an afternoon tea with friends, that also involved baking a cake. So the cookies came out bigger (which asked for the double of time in the oven), which was totally ok for me, everybody loved them! And of course you are also noticing that I didn’t glaze or decorate them…didn’t have time for that either…but you know what?! I baked them again for Christmas, and did the whole thing, but I honestly prefer them without the glaze and sugar pearls, plain cookies are already awesome for me! But hey, do whatever you prefer!
Perfect with tea! (since I’m not a big coffee drinker! hahaha)
This is what I gave our guests that came to our Christmas dinner! I’m going to brag a little because this is the first time I did this, isn’t it so darn cute?! haha You can’t see it in the picture, but there are actually gingerbread cookies in the back, which I also baked, but didn’t get the chance to photograph the whole process…maybe some other time (I hope so!).
I hope you do make this recipe, because I’m sure you will not regret it! In the meantime, I hope you have wonderful end of the week filled with joy and planning a new year’s get together with friends and/or family!