I can’t believe we are so close to Christmas! Tonight I’m going to a Christmas Party of my dear friend and her boyfriend in their new gorgeous flat. It is my first proper Christmas Party (accept the annual work party, but I don’t really count that) so I’m really looking forward to tonight.
I had a day off Uni yesterday, so I was baking away the whole evening, watched Love Actually, wrapped all my presents and got in a super festive mood! I’m going to take the cookies I made to my friends home tonight as I’m really happy with how they turned out!
I made these popular Brookies, a mix between cookies and brownies, by using Lily Pebbles sisters recipe.
These are seriously delicious and I absolutely love the consistency, they are pretty gooey from the inside but crispy from the outside, so indeed a brookie. They are pretty sweet and contain a hell lot of sugar, but not as heavy as other chocolaty treats I tried, so they are definitely a winner for me. I love how they look like as well, like little german loafs of bread!
The little stars are Vanillekipferl, usually small crescent- shaped cookies made of almond or hazelnut! They are super popular in the german-speaking areas and super easy to make! I decided to shape them into stars rather then crescents, which is not the traditional way but I think they turned out cute.
I used this recipe from a german website, but here is an english translated version:
- 250 g flour
- 210 g Butter
- 100 g grounded almond or hazelnut (I prefer Hazelnut, it tastes SO much better)
- 80 g Sugar
- 2 packets of Vanilla sugar (you can also use vanilla powder)
- icing sugar and vanilla sugar to decorate
The steps are super easy, first of all mix the butter with the sugar (regular and vanilla) and add the flour and grounded nut to the Buttermix. You need to knead your dough and then put it in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Then you get your dough out and roll it out to a one centimetre thick dough. And then you make your cookies by (traditionally) forming little Kipferl (crescents, half moons) or as I did, using a cookie cutter.
You’ll bake them for 20 minutes (depends on the size of your cookies, mine baked faster because they are small) on 175 degrees celsius. When they are done, it is important to wait until the cookies are cold down before sprinkling the icing sugar. I also sprinkled some eatable gold powder to decorate them.
And that’s pretty much it! If anyone wants to try them out, I would love to have a look at your creations, so please let me know!