Monday, November 10, 2008


Shops are beginning to decorate their windows with christmas motifs, supermarkets have cleared their shelves to fill them with turrón and polvorones (spanish christmas sweets), toy stores have published their catalogs... Christmas is in the air.

Last week, child #3 had to make a speech in english class. Her topic: Christmas in Germany. This gave me cause to bake some traditional german christmas cookies to ilustrate her presentation.

As usual, they are quick to make and to consume. I strongly recommend them.

Backen macht Freude

  • 250 gr. flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 125 gr. caster sugar
  • 8 gr. vanille sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 200 gr. cold butter
  • 125 gr. almonds, raw
  • 50 gr. powdered sugar and some vanille sugar mixed for dusting
  1. In a bowl, sift flour and baking powder..
  2. Ground your almonds. You can also buy almond meal, but they quickly turn rancy, because of the high grease content, so I find it better to buy the almonds and ground them at home. Put a tablespoon sugar so it becomes a loose almond meal. Mix all the ingredients to make a dough.
  3. Line a baking sheet.
  4. Cut the dough in little pieces and roll each one like a 3/4 cm diameter snake.Cut each snake in 5 cm long pieces and bend them a little bit and put them on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake the at 180ºC in a normal oven or at 160º C if it has hot air, about 10 minutes.They shouldn't brown.
  6. Dust generously with the powdered sugar mixture when they're still hot.