12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 5- Linzer Biscuits

This was my first time baking these lovely spiced Austrian biscuits. I have put a slight twist on the recipe so apologies if it is not very traditional!

The Linzer Biscuit originates from Linz, an Austrian city. Linz is home of the Linzertorte, which is a rich tart filled with preserves. The Linzer Biscuit is a variation on the Linzertorte which differs as it is cut into cookie shapes and the top cookie has small cut out with exposes the sandwiched jam in between the biscuits.

Today I decided to go for a star shape with a heart cut out. But you can create any shape that you like.

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Ingredients 

1 pound butter (room temp)

1 cup granulated sugar 

1 tbs maple syrup 

3 1/2 cups plain flour 

1/4 tsp salt 

1 egg 

1 tsp cinnamon 

3/4 cup good quality raspberry preserve 

Icing sugar for dusting 

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Method 

Pre heat oven to 180°c, and line a flat baking tray with grease-proof paper. 

Cream the butter and sugar together until well blended. Add in the maple syrup and the egg until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the cinnamon, salt and flour. Combine the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture and mix until a soft dough is formed. 

Wrap the dough in cling-film and allow to chill for around 1/2 an hour. 

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out your desired shapes.

Place the cut outs onto the baking tray and bake for around 20 minutes until edges begin to brown. 

Remove from the oven and once cool, place some raspberry preserve onto the base biscuit and top it off with the cut out biscuit. Finally, dust your Linzer Biscuits with a sprinkle of icing sugar. 

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Enjoy!

 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 4- Snow Man Biscuits

“Some people are worth melting for”

– Olaf 

These cute snowman biscuits are very simple and easy to make, and are perfect for any Disney lovers out there!

Ingredients 

Digestive Biscuits 

White Icing (I just used icing sugar & water) 

Marshmallows 

Icing tubes (preferably black) 

Orange jelly tots- or similar orange sweets 

Optional- Raspberry or strawberry jam 

Method

This first part is optional- you can make a simple empire biscuit style cookie by sandwiching jam in-between two digestives.

Next, mix up your icing to a reasonably thick consistency and place into a piping bag with a thin nozzle. Pipe the icing onto the digestive biscuit into a puddle shape, and don’t worry if you get any icing off of the biscuit- it just adds to the effect!

On a marshmallow, pipe two eyes and a button mouth to create the face of a snowman using the icing tubes. For the snow mans carrot style nose, I trimmed an orange Jelly Tot into a wedge triangle shape and placed it onto the middle of the marshmallow using a dap of icing. 

Place the marshmallow onto the biscuit to create the illusion of a melting snowman! 

Lastly, use the icing tubes to pipe wooden stick arms and buttons onto the icing puddle on the biscuit. 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 3-Little Grandma’s Shortbread Recipe

Day 3 is a special family recipe that I’m going to share with you. I’m sure lots of families will have the same tradition of baking a batch of these at any time of year, but especially during Christmas time. My family call it whipped shortbread, but I also find they are quite like sugar cookies, so call them what you like!

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Ingredients 

3 cups softened butter 

1 1/2 cups icing sugar – sifted 

4 1/2 cups flour 

1 1/2 cups corn starch

Coloured Sprinkles (I used red ones) and/or Candied Cherries for decoration 

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Method 

Pre heat oven to 180°c.

Line a flat baking tray with grease proof paper. 

The key to getting this dough right is making sure all the ingredients are whipped for a long period of time, and ensuring all the icing sugar is mixed well from the bottom of the bowl. 

Whip up the icing sugar and softened butter until very fluffy. Slowly add in the corn starch bit by bit while still mixing, followed by the flour until well blended. 

Once the dough is formed, lightly dust your hands with corn starch and roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them evenly spread out on the baking sheet. 

Dust a fork in flour a gently press onto the top of the dough. Either top with sprinkles or candied cherries. 

Allow to bake for around 22 minutes- checking regularly. 

Remove from the oven and allow the shortbread to cool before sharing! 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 2-Chocolate Chip Snowballs

I like to describe this recipe as a chocolate chip cookie with a festive twist! They are very simple to make. Give them a go, and let me know what you think.

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Ingredients 

2 cups sifted flour 

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter 

1/2 cup sugar 

1 egg

1 cup chopped nuts (I used chopped pecans) 

1 cup chocolate chips 

Powdered/Icing sugar 

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Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°c. Line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper. 

Sift the flour and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, then add in the egg and mix well. Blend in the flour and salt mixture, along with the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. 

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and spread them evenly onto the baking sheet. 

Bake the cookies for around 15-20 minutes. 

Once baked, remove from oven and let them cool. Once cool, roll the cookies in powdered/icing sugar.

 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

 

December 1st marks the most wonderful time of the year for many reasons, but one of my favourite things about the holiday season is Christmas baking! Theres nothing better than staying cosy in the kitchen baking up some spiced treats to share with family & friends.

To celebrate this I’m going to share with you 12 different Christmas themed cookie/biscuit recipes. Some of them have been family favourites over the years, and others I’ll be experimenting with.

So please let me know what you think, and feel free to share your favourite Christmas recipes. I love discovering some new bakes!

Stay tuned! 

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