Christmas baking, hamper goodies

In the last couple of days, I have had the opportunity to take it a little easy…..and in my usual style, that does not mean, I did nothing :-).  I decided to catch-up on Christmas baking for the family + hamper gifts (gift baskets) for our two neighbors.

First, was my Pineapple Fruit Cake (my version of Christmas Fruit Cake, since I am not a fan).
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Second, Orange Lightening Cake (as muffins).
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Thirdly, Star Wars Sugar Cookies, with green and red sugar sprinkles for a Christmas flare. The forms, we purchased at Williams and Sonoma, while they were on special for $4.95. For these, I used this recipe, but found I had to add 1 additional egg, and 1/2 stick of additional butter as it was very dry.
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Lastly, something for my husband to remind him of home, German Christmas Cookies (made with almond meal)….recipe below. IMG_9069

German Christmas Cookies

Ingredients
1 egg (separate egg yolk and white)
60 g (1/2 cup)  Almond meal
180 g (1 1/2 cups) All purpose flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
pinch salt
80 g + 40 g (1 cup) icing sugar (confectionary sugar)
80 g (3/4 stick) butter (softened)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp water

Mix the yolk, almond meal, flour, baking powder, salt, 80g icing sugar, butter, vanilla and milk in a large bowl. NOTE: I start mixing with a fork and then use my hands as the dough starts to form). Form the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (200 degrees C). Once dough has chilled, place it between two layers of plastic wrap and roll out the dough. Cut out your cookies using your forms and place on a tray that is covered with baking paper (cookie sheets).

Mix the rest of the icing sugar (40g), egg white and water in a bowl and whisk to dissolve the icing sugar. With a brush thinly coat the top of the cookies with the glaze-mixture. Bake cookies for ~12 minutes or until golden.

Remove from the oven, leave on tray to cool for 5-10 minutes. Place on cooling rack thereafter until completely cooled.

What have you been baking for Christmas? I would love to hear.

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5 thoughts on “Christmas baking, hamper goodies

  1. a little bird made me

    I suspect that your house smells delightfully delicious as a result!! It all looks very yummy!
    I have not baked this Christmas (a first in my living memory) but have made salted caramel butter icecream so we will still be having a little piece of decadence this evening as we open our traditional Christmas Eve present and hang our stockings!
    Have a wonderful Christmas Michelle and thanks for your blogging support this year! (Those photos of the Lotta Jansdotta workshop stand out as one of my blogging highlights this year!)

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thank you!! I love salted caramel anything, the ice cream sounds wonderful. Have a great Christmas and New Year too. I have loved getting to know you in blogland and look forward to reading more in the upcoming year 🙂

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  2. katechiconi

    Baking, let’s see…. Gluten Free Drunken Christmas Cake (I keep the rum bottle next to the cake box…), Christmas Spice Cookies, Peanut Butter/Choc Chip cookies with Christmassy stuff iced on the top, a sponge cake for my sherry trifle, my own bread (GF), and I expect there’ll be a batch of chocolate fudge brownies coming up sometime between now and then… And if you love salted caramels, try these: http://thepinkrosebakery.com/2013/12/11/soft-salted-caramels/ – the woman’s a genius! Have a great Christmas

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