It's again that time of the year when Christians everywhere celebrate the festival of gluttony.
Certainly only to be tolerant, I do my best to participate. So I could need some more cookie recipes.
In exchange I've two for you.
#1 THE COOKIES
I've been making these for almost 30 years now (though, admittedly, the first couple of years I was rather a nuisance than a help). I've never considered them to be something special, but they are good, easy to make and strangely I've never seen them somewhere else. Maybe that's because it's strictly spoken not a recipe for cookies but for the base of a strawberry cake
500 g (ca.3/4 l) flour
2 tsp baking soda
200 g (ca. 1/4 l) sugar
10 g vanillin sugar (or a drop of vanillin essence, it's not absolutely necessary)
250 g butter
lemon zest from one organic lemon
lemon juice and powedered sugar for the icing
knead until it's a smooth dough (not too long, it's better when the butter doesn't get too warm), put it in a plastic wrap in the fridge for a couple of hours, roll out and cut cookies. Bake them at 175-200°Celsius (that's about the temperature you use for baking pizza) for 8-12 min. They are good when they just start to be a little bit brown around the edges.
The good thing about these cookies is that you vary them easily. Just skip the lemon zest and use chocolate or ginger or raisins or...
250 g honey
250 g brown sugar
150 g butter or margarine
100 g grounded almonds
250 g flour (wheat)
150 g flour (rye)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp "Lebkuchengewürz" (if you don't have a German store around the corner, you can use grounded clove, allspice, ginger, coriander, cardamom
and nutmeg or just some of these, don't skip glove, allspice and cardamom)
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp potassium carbonate
2 tbsp rum (mix with water, if you use rum with more than 40% alcohol)
melt the sugar with the honey and the butter, let it cool a bit. Dissolve the potassium carbonate in rum. Mix the ingredients, add the potassium carbonate at the end. Knead a dough (it's less sticky if you use a bit rye flour). Put it in a plastic wrap in the fridge for the night. Roll out and cut cookies. Bake for 10 min at 180°Celsius.
rum and powdered sugar for icing (make the icing very thin, use almonds or sugar pearls for decoration)