Hello everybody !!!
My kitchen has been invaded by the Christmas Spirit !
It´s Advent time. A time of sweet treats and sharing them with our loved ones. We are baking lots of biscuits that fill the home with that unmistakable aroma of Christmas.
At home, we make the most of the holidays that the first few days of December provide us with. We usually begin decorating the house and putting up the Christmas tree. But there´s nothing better to awaken our Christmas spirits than the enticing smell of freshly baked biscuits.They are absolutely divine, crunchy with a smooth buttery taste, yum!
The great thing about baking biscuits is, they can be prepared in advance and they last when stored in an airtight container. This year , I want to make even more, because I´m going to make lots of little gifts and I have many ideas.
Below I´ll leave you the recipe with the ingredients for the dough, Now , all you have to do is choose the cookie cutters with whatever Christmas shapes you like. And when the time comes to decorate them, let your imagination run wild… coloured glazing, chocolate, pearls, sprinkles, ribbons… everything goes!
I´ll show you the ones I´ve made this year, to give you some inspiration.
Look how cute this little tree is !
I´ve thought about doing various little trees to decorate the table for Christmas. They can also be wrapped up in little transparent cellophane bags and a beautiful ribbon. You can then offer them to your guests as little gifts. What do you think of that idea?
They are very easy to bake and can be made in all sizes. There´s nothing to it, it´s just making round biscuits with distinct diameters and gradually joining them with white chocolate ganache. And to crown our little Christmas tree biscuits we make a little star shaped biscuit, with a few pearls of you like them and now we have a snowy tree if we powder it with white icing sugar on top.
Little details to surprise our guests.
Everyone will enjoy these gorgeous little homemade biscuits that we have accompanying the coffees we serve, it adds a nice touch. Little details are that serve as small gestures of our love.
Are you looking for Rudolph…with a VERY SHINY RED NOSE ?
Children love biscuits in the shape of animals, and I´ve found these reindeers so funny. I´ve decorated them in a very simple way, with some white chocolate and a little red ribbon for the neck.
To offer them as gifts, I´ve bought red jars with airtight lids, so the preserve well. I have tied them up with a ribbon and adding a few little treats like a little green stick, a candy cane,and a little star shaped biscuit…………and lots & lots of love!
A little detail and full of affection
Here you have all my ideas with all my love. I hope it has severed you as some inspiration.
BUT ABOVE ALL, ENJOY THIS FESTIVE TIME AND HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS !
- 300 gr flour, plus extra
- 100 gr ground almonds
- 150 gr sugar + pinch of salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 300 gr cold butter (cut in small pieces)
- GANACHE FOR THE TREE
- 150 gr white chocolate
- 50 gr cream
- TO DECORATE THE RUDOLPH
- Some melted white chocolate
- red food coloring
- red ribbon
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
- Stir in flour and ground almonds until the mixture comes together as a dough.If the dough feels sticky, add a little flour.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 175
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to around 0.5cm thick, and cut with floured cookie cutters. Place on baking sheets.
- Bake until edges are lightly brown, 12-16 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
- Decorate cookies as desired.
- TO CREATE THE TREE:
- We create about 7 - 8 round biscuits of different diameters (the biggest biscuit I made was 12cm and the smallest 4cm) in order to create the shape of our tree. Also, create one small biscuit in the shape of a star. Once you have shaped each biscuit, create a little hole in the smallest biscuit before putting them in the oven.
- To make the ganache, cut the white chocolate into small pieces. Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. After a minute, stir it until its smooth and mixed well. Depending on the amount of trees we want to create, we will prepare more or less ganache.
- We let it cool and set for a bit.
- Place the biggest biscuit on a plate and put a small amount of ganache. Let it set for a bit before you place the next biscuit and continue the same process until the last biscuit. Finish with the small star on top.
Don´t overmix the dough. Handling the batter too much will result in dense, tough cookies. If cookies are to be hung as decorations, make a hole in each from top with end of plastic straw
If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
You can also roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper.
To make into Christmas tree decorations, carefully make a hole in the top of the biscuits using a straw.