Biscotti di Natale speziati
Spices

2 ideas for spiced Christmas cookies

This year I wanted to bake special Christmas cookies myself. And since I love spices, they should of course be spiced Christmas cookies. Of course, I know the classics from my country, for example Mailänder and gingerbread and also some popular cookies from other countries, like the ginger cookies I wrote about a few weeks ago.

Favourite spices must not be missing

My Christmas cookies of this year should contain some of my favorite spices, fittingly these are already Christmassy themselves. With cardamom and cinnamon, the Christmas spirit immediately sets in. Of course, the making of the cookies needs to be fast because thanks to the Christmas markets I don’t have much time to bake in December. This is why I tried the following recipes.

The first recipe is a simple butter pastry, to which I added various spices. The second one is less sweet and with its more “hearty” spices also goes well with a glass of wine or prosecco.

Spiced Butter cookies

Ingredients:

  • 250 g butter
  • 250 g sugar, may also be raw sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 500 g flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 – 5 tsp. of one of the following ground spices: cassia-cinnamon, cardamom or golden milk mixture
    (Golden Milk mixture consists of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and very little pepper and is usually drunk with milk  you will discover more about it in October ?)

Preparation:

Stir butter until foamy, add sugar and eggs to a homogeneous, light mixture, then stir in the spices, salt and flour and mix well. Refrigerate the mixture for about an hour. (The moulds are easier to cut out on the cool dough).
Then roll out 5 mm thick and cut out with cookie cutter as desired or simply cut squares. Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake in a preheated oven at 200 C° for about 8 minutes.
You can decorate the cookies as desired, for example with icing sugar and sugar pearls. But they also taste delicious as they are.

Spicy walnut oat biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 140 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 200 g raw sugar
  • 80 g oat flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp ground all spice
  • ½ TL clove powder
  • ¼ TL ground black pepper

Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients together and with two tablespoons place small heaps on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200 C° for about 8 – 10 minutes. The biscuits should be slightly brown.

Next time we’ll make mulled wine or mulled apple juice!

 

mullet vine with star anis and cinnamon

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