This blog post is “posh” as I will be serving British Afternon Tea with shortbread cookies with edible flowers and some maple bacon cupcakes. This is due to the fact that it’s celebration time. I will always find a reason to whip something up. This can be anything, the classic cake needed on Sunday afternoon, or because I want to cheer up my colleagues on Monday, because a difficult case at work finally came to a close, you will soon realize that there is always reason to celebrate. This is something we tend to forget. In the mundane life of ours we hustle and bustle, but forget to just sit still and celebrate the special moments. And this time is an extra special moment. Zorra from the German blog Kochtopf is celebrating her 15th blog anniversary. Ha, I am such a baby blog compared to hers. My blog is about two and a half years old. But anyway, Zorra is inviting us virtually to a British afternoon tea asking us to whip up a recipe. Well, that’s something I can get behind!
Did anyone say you can’t bake cookies in summer? Ha, I would like to disagree with that statement, these raspberry chocolate cookies are prefect for summer. Raspberries, seriously, fresh raspberries scream summer all over. So here you go. I love raspberries with chocolate, in my opinion one of the best flavor combinations. If you don’t want to bake this, go ahead and look for something else, but I am in love with these chocolate raspberry cookies!
Friends, it is time for a recipe from my birth country again: Alfajores from Uruguay! Alfajores are a very popular cookie in Uruguay and Argentina, consisting of a shortbread-type of sandwich cookie, creamy and delicious dulce de leche as filling, which in the end is covered in coconut flakes. If you want a slightly different cookie and feel like impressing your friends and family, look no further, alfajores are for you!
What are the features of this cookie? Well, the base is a shortbread cookie, or let’s say, the Latin American version of shortbread. Because it contains a lot of cornstarch. You know, because corn and Latin America? One of the main ingredient found on this continent? In comparison to a regular shortbread cookie, the cornstarch makes the cookie softer, it has this melt-in-your-mouth kind of characteristic. I flavored it with some real vanilla.
These simple and delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are perfect for any and every occaison. They contain a lot of oatmeal, are chewy, with a nice buttery flavor, and contain a lot of chocolate chips. I love cookies this way. Apparently I am not the only one who loves these cookies. I invited a whole bunch of girls for coffee the other day and these cookies were gone so quickly, I was really surprised. Several asked for the recipe. That is always a good sign.
You need to know that baking cookies is something only reserved for the holidays in Germany. Baking cookies throughout the year is something that is only starting. Finally it is possible to find cookies in bakeries, but usually only a few different ones. I am so glad that this is finally changing. Funnily enough, if you offer a cookie to anyone, young or old, people will not decline. But for some reason we still don’t bake as many cookies as Americans. Hopefully that will change soon. Especially since I am a huge cookie monster and love cookies any time of the year. Especially such a classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie like this one.
Update 2019: improved recipe, more tips and better pictures!
Are there any oreo fans out there? Then I got something for you! Since I promised to present more cookies during my second year of blogging, I decided to give oreos a try. And alas, homemade ones are so much better than bought ones!
Snickerdoodles with brown butter are a cinnamon surprise from the U.S. I decided that they are perfect for the season. In case you don’t know, snickerdoodles have a similar base as sugar cookies, but are then formed into balls which are then rolled in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon before you bake them. As far as I know you can find snickerdoodles in the U.S. throughout the year, however, due to their cinnamon flavor I decided to make some during the season.
As is tradition in Germany, we are celebrating the advent, waiting eagerly for Christmas. Therefore each Advent Sunday (there are always four in total, leading up to Christmas) is super special and for that reason I brought along some ginger cookies or Spekulatius, the German name for these nicely spiced cookies. I decided to make them with a neat little cookie cutter, it was so much fun cutting out my blog name. Look at it, such fine and thin lines! If you are scared of sugar cookies or shortbread, don’t be, I give a lot of tips in this blog post.
Yay, tomorrow is the official beginning of the season! That’s why I brought along some super cute santas made from sugar cookie dough. I stumbled across the idea last year when I visited one of my favorite blogs, Tieghan made these cute little santas for her cookie box and I was hooked immediately. So finally, one year later, I can scratch off this item from my baking list. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, we have a special day here in Germany on December 6th, Nikolaus is yet another day when children put their freshly polished boots outside the door and then secretly they are filled with sweets and the like. So typically, I wanted these to be ready for December 6. I just hate it when bloggers post the idea on the day itself, I decided to give you the chance to actually make these little cuties on time, so that’s why I am starting the season with them!
Don’t they look amazing? I find them perfect for cookie boxes, as a little gift, to show your love, there are so many ideas when to take them with you. I even managed to freeze them, sugar cookies are super easy to freeze when plain, but I even froze these santas sucessfully with buttercream aka their beards. Seriously, why not invite a friend, turn on some music and make these santas? Preparing the dough doesn’t take long, and forming the santas is so much more fun when you have company.
Chocolate Brownie Cookies! Seriously, I can only recommend trying these! They are so melt-in-your mouth, it’s crazy! If you are a chocoholic like me, these are for you, they scream chocolate, chocoalte, and chocolate again. You need to know that I have tried my share of chocolate cookies, especially if I am in the mood for baking something with chocolate, but don’t want it to take too much time. Chocolate cookies are perfect for that occasion. Trust me, these cookies are for you if you want to whip up something quickly and that satisfies your chocolate cravings.
Last weekend I had promised myself not to turn on the oven yet again. That’s because I had busied myself with gingerbread. Have you tried these tiny gingerbread houses, which you can actually place on your mug’s rim? Just so adorable! And then I also prepared a tiny wedding cake, like super small, four people tops could eat of it. It was nothing like the wedding cake I invented similar to the one of Meghan & Harry, but still a cake I baked. For that reason I felt that was enough for the weekend. But then this last Sunday was so gloomy in Hamburg, a typical November day and I was craving chocolate.
Somewehere I had saved the Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Knusperstübchen, a German blog, and I quickly checked whether I had all ingredients at home. I had, so I decided to quickly give them a go. It took maybe 15min and then I had them already in the oven. Oh boy, and then I tried them, and I ate more than I wanted, one after the next. Seriously, I am glad I managed to keep some for work to take along…
I’ve decided to open the season, it is time for Christmas cookies! Have you started yet? Every year I promise to start early and then I end up with a long, long, long list of cookies I want to bake, but nothing happens other than the list getting longer. Well, maybe this blog entry with my ten favorite Christmas cookies will also make your list longer, but maybe you will actually bake some, that would be actually awesome. Please let me know in the comments if you do!
Seriously, I feel Christmas is not complete without gingerbread. Gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, ugly sweater cookies made with gingerbread, you name it. My recipe also includes some printables for these cute little gingerbread houses.
I urge you to try these cute little gingerbread houses
Hands down, my favorite cookie from my country of birth Uruguay. It is filled with dulce de leche, do I need to say more?
These cute little santas are a simple sugar cookie with ermine frosting, I just love them, check the recipe for further details!
If you really want to get into Christmas, make these cute little Santas!
This may not be the traditional Christmas cookie, but all these flavors, I promise, you won’t regret making these!
All my favorite flavors combined, peanut butter, chocolate, caramel and sea salt, yes!
You have some egg white left over? How about these little cuties? They only contain two ingredients, egg whites and sugar and are glued together by some chocolate.
You are making a yule log for Christmas? How about decorating it with these little mushrooms
Another Christmas cookie I can’t do without. Who can say no to these cookies with a slight hint of almond and yummy jam filling?
This is one of the traditional Christmas cookies in Germany, go ahead and try it!
They are easier to prepare than you may think. Obviously I give a lot of tips in my blog post to guide you along.
They look so cool and actually are not that hard to make, try these beautiful stained-glass cookies, they are a perfect gift and wonderful decoration.
These snickerdoodles are made with a lot of brown butter for extra awesomeness.
Oh, this joy of cinnamon and brown butter called snickerdoodles!
You may not know this traditional cookie from Germany, but it has brown butter and real vanilla. So buttery, so good!
These shortbread cookies are prepared with lots of brown butter and real vanilla. Traditionally from the north of Germany and so good for Christmas.
If you are a chocolate lover, these cookies are for you. Instead of jam or buttercream, these cookies are filled with wonderful chocolate ganache.
If you can’t decide if you want to do chocolate or vanilla, why not combine these two flavors? Make these vanilla stars with chocolate filling.
So which one is your favorite Christmas cookie you can’t do without?