Around the Christmas time in Germany there is this event called “Post aus meiner Küche” (Post from my kitchen). You can register and then you’ll get a partner to swap selfmade presents to eat. Yum yum. Last year I saw it first and this year I totally wanted to participate.
So I did.
I got a really nice package from Mareike of damado.com. There were Vanilla Stars, really cute Cinnamon buttons, Christmas man cookies, shortcrust cookies and Christmas almonds. All tasted very good and I’m sure to have gotten an overdose of dough ^^.
Because I kind of had it over with the all the sweet christmas cookies, I thought of not only having cookies but also self made mustard and the tea of the last post to make it also savoury.
But now you will get the recipes of the cookies, as the post promises 🙂
- 250g of Margarine
- black tea about 60g-100g , depends on how much of the flavour you want
- 100g of sugar (for a crunch use cane sugar)
- 320g of flour
- 60g of cornstarch
- optional: 1/4 orange peel grated
- Let the margarine melt in a pan at low temperature. Mix in the tea, let it cook while stirring for 3 minutes. After that take the pan from the oven and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Here again if you want it stronger, leave it for up to an hour (be careful, it can get a bit bitter). Put the fat through a colander to get the tea out. Make sure to press it a bit, you don’t want too much margarine lost in the tea leaves.
- Now let the margarine cool (I left it overnight and processed the dough the next day).
- Mix the sugar and the margarine with your mixer until it’s foamy.
- Put the fresh grated orangepeel in.
- Mix the flour and starch first with your mixer, than with your hands until you have a smooth dough
- Now comes the part where you can nibble the dough without bad conscience, ’cause you have to taste if it’s alright, don’t you?
- Put the dough in foil and leave for about an hour.
- Roll the dough out (approx. 8mm). Either use enough flour, or use freezer bags. Otherwise it’s too sticky.
- Cookie cutters!
- Convection oven: 180°C 15-20 minutes
Nooow enjoy these cute and unsual cookies. I really like them, ’cause they’re not the normal sugar-dough-done Cookie, but have a strong taste.
- 500g of Cornflakes (best without sugar)
- 600g Melting Dark Chocolate
- 1-2 small dried chillies, grated, or powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, or half a small cinnamon stick, grated
- 1/2 tsp grated pepper
- Put the cornflakes in a huge bowl
- melt the chocolate
- mix the chillies, cinnamon and pepper in
- mix all until it’s evenly spread
- put small humps on a baking sheet (I use 2 tablespoons)
- Let cool and eat!
I hope you enjoy these recipes and enjoy eating strong flavours and unusual spices in sweets as me.