It is wonderful to be guest posting here at Netmums again today. Netmums is such a fantastic resources for parents (and well, anyone, really, but especially parents), that it is great to be sharing one of our Homemade Gifts with you.
A little about me and then onto our homemade gift (which is actually a 2 in 1). I am Maggy and you will usually find me over on Red Ted Art where I like to get crafty with my 5 yrs and 3 yrs old kids. I also love to get baking with the children over on Life At The Zoo, as well as tell you all about our favourite Theatre, Books and Movies (and what are THE top 10 Christmas films?!).
So this combines my two passions, baking in crafting. We love to make a set of Cookies, Wrap them up nicely and then decorate them with a Christmas Ornament. In my eyes that is a very thoughtful, practical and tasty gift that kids can get involved in (or you can just make them all).
Today, I would like to share this Viennese Cookie Recipe (there are more traditional recipes, linked below for you to check out):
- 175g unsalted softened butter
- 40g icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 175g plain flour
- 40g cornflour
- 100g plain chocolate – ideally 70%
- 50ml double cream
- Mix your butter and icing sugar.
- Add the vanilla essence.
- Gradually mix in the flour and corn flour
- You should have a “quite wet” dough now.
- Using 2 teaspoons, make little heaps of dough. I managed to get 34 heaps (= 17 cookies), and think I could have made mine slightly smaller and gone for 36 or 38 even.
- Once you have made all your heaps. Pick each up and gently roll it to make a smooth surface. You don’t have to, but your finished cookie will look just that little bit more sophisticated.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12-14min – until the edges start turning a golden brown.
- Remove. Let cool briefly and then gently transfer them to the cooling rack to fully cool.
- Melt your chocolate over low heat in a pan, slowly add the cream.
- When it is all fully dissolved, place in the fridge and let it thicken a little (you don’t want it “running away”.
- Then with a knife or spoon spread on the bottom of one cookie and stick together with a second. Once all are finished, place in the fridge to let them set fully!
Linzer Augen(just delicious and so pretty, especially if you stamp hearts into the middle)
Husaren Krampfen (great for small hands to help form balls and make dips)
Vanilla Kipferl (I always have to make double portions and my kids call them, ahem, slugs)
Then wrap in a cellophane bag. Add a ribbon and your homemade ornament! If you need Christmas Ornament ideas, look no further and click on the link!
We love these as gifts, as they are made with care and love, they beat Christmas commercialism and get the kids creative and baking! Have you got a favourite Christmas recipe? What do you like baking?