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Christmas Tree Cookies

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by landaise, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. landaise

    landaise Occasional commenter

    Does anyone make these and if so do you have a recipe you could share ? I have some old Good Food magazines but the recipes there seem very sweet and not the spicy type I fancy, rather like the spiciness in those little German specialities. Many thanks !
     
  2. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter



    I'm not sure exactly what you want!...Is it biscuits to tie on the tree? or cookies that you cut out in tree-shapes?...My head is a bit brain-fuzzed this morning! Still, I've got a few German recipes that might work....see if I can copy/paste them from the Word Document I saved them on when e-mailing them to someone last year.....


    For biscuits:
    375g Golden Syrup
    50g Sugar
    100g Butter/Margarine
    500g Self Raising flour (Or plain flour with 2tspn Baking Powder)
    Spices( 1 ½ tspn cinnamon; ½ tspn cloves; ½ teaspoon cardamom; 1 tspn ginger...all spices are ground!...alter to taste!)
    For decoration:
    Icing Sugar - made to paste with egg white - coloured as required
    Melted chocolate
    Sweets/Hundreds&Thousands/nuts/whatever!

    • Melt together Syrup, Sugar and Butter (or margarine)
    • Let it cool until luke-warm.
    • Mix flour with spices.
    • Gradually mix spiced flour into syrup-mixture.
    • Roll out thinly.
    • Cut out shapes.
    • Place on lightly oiled baking tray.
    • Bake 7 or 8 minutes on Gas 3-4?Electric 175-200C
    • When cooled, ice biscuits and decorate.
    Honigplaetzchen (Honey cookies)
    250g Clear Honey (Not the thick, set stuff! ...the clear runny type!)
    125g Sugar
    125g Butter/Margarine
    Pinch of salt
    500g Self Raising Flour (or plain flour with 1tsp baking powder)
    2 tspn Cocoa Powder
    Spices ( 1 ½ tspn cinnamon; ½ tspn cloves; ½ teaspoon cardamom; 1 tspn ginger...all spices are ground!...alter to taste!)
    1egg (beaten)
    Iegg yolk mixed with 2 tblspn milk (for glaze)
    Flaked almonds
    • Melt together the honey, sugar and butter(or margarine).
    • Add salt.
    • Cool until luke-warm.
    • Mix Cocoa Powder and spices into flour.
    • Stir beaten egg into honey mixture.
    • Gradually mix spiced flour into honey mixture
    • Roll out to a thickness of 1cm
    • Cut out shapes.
    • Brush with mixture of egg yolk/milk
    • Press flaked almonds on top whilst glaze is damp (glaze a few decorate them, glaze next few et.c)
    • Place on lightly oiled baking tray.
    • Bake for about 15 minutes on Gas 3-4/Electric 175-200C
    • (If you prefer, bake unglazed/decorated and ice them instead)

     
  3. landaise

    landaise Occasional commenter

    That looks good, Bethannie ! I meant the sort of biscuits you can put on the tree ( but I'm not sure you should on a Nordman.....)
    And I DO happen to have some golden syrup (only one shop here sells it and we only go there twice a year ) and some locally produced honey ( OH's colleague is a beekeeper in his spare time )
    Many thanks !
     

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