Christmas Polar Bear Cookies

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I’m beyond excited for today’s blogpost. It’s almost Christmas and these Polar Bear Cookies are the cutest cookies I’ve ever made AND perfect for Christmas ๐Ÿ˜€ I know, you thought my Little Speculoos Men were cute but these Polar Bears take “cute” to a whole new level! I’m actually pretty proud of the result.

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Christmas Buche / Stollen

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I’m beginning to freak out. Just a little. I had all these Christmas recipes I wanted to try but there’s just not enough time to make all of them! I should have taken this week off… Next year I might. One week to bake bake bake and bake! No work, no distractions, just one focus: Christmas. Sounds like a plan, right? Although I didn’t have that much quality time with my kitchen, I did manage to make a little Christmas stollen! Yay ๐Ÿ˜€

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Merry Christmas: say it with Neuhaus chocolates

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
9 days ’till Christmas! Can you believe it??!

I must admit I’d rather have a few extra days before Christmas because I have way too much baking ideas for waaaaaay too little time. But I guess that’s with most of us Christmas freaks & foodies…

I actually wanted to write a post about all kinds of delicious treats to give your beloved family and friends for Christmas but that’s not gonna happen. Instead, I’m writing a post that is completely dedicated to my favorite chocolate makers: Neuhaus. (sorry to all others, still love you guys)

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Fast Apple Crumble for between holidays

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The holidays can be exhausting. Especially if you’re the one cooking. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what that means… But don’t you want to have a treat or a dessert between the holidays? Something delicious yet easy and fast. Oh you do? In that case I think I might have the perfect recipe! Today’s Apple Crumble is super easy to make and a real treat. I’m a huge crumble fan myself. I could eat all of them ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Homemade Christmas Speculoos Cookies

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We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas and I promised you some Christmas recipes. This Homemade Speculoos recipe might be one of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever made. It’s the family recipe from my boyfriend. Now you know what they say, right? Whatever she makes, a grandma makes best! It’s the absolute truth ^^

If you can get your hands on some Christmas cookie cutters, you’ll have the cutest Christmas cookies ever! The Boyfriend made the Speculoos and I made them into Christmas ones ๐Ÿ˜‰ He said I could choose which cookie cutters I wanted to use so it was pretty obvious I went for the whole “cute Christmas” look ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Easy Christmas Cookies

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Merry Christmas

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Let there be love, fun, happiness and… food! ;D

Today’s menu: super easy Christmas Cookies to hang in your Christmas tree ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve said it before with my Christmas Jam Cookies: What’s Christmas without cookies? Just a meeting!

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What we need:

  • 250 g butter
  • 165 g sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 250 g flour
  • pinch of salt
  • Christmas cookie cutters
  • plastic foil
  • baking plate
  • baking paper
  • a straw
  • ribbon

 

Christmas Cookies

How to:

  1. Mix together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add the egg yolk.
  3. Sift the flour and add it together with the salt to the mixture.
  4. Mix until everything gets combined and it forms a real dough.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic foil and store for 30 โ€“ 60 minutes in the fridge.
  6. Remove the foil and roll out the dough.
  7. Cut outย different Christmas figures.
  8. Heat the oven at 190ยฐC.
  9. Place the cookies on a sheet of baking paper on a baking plate and make a little hole in the cookie with the straw.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes at 190ยฐC.
  11. Let the cookies cool on the baking plate for a bit until placing them on a rack to cool completely.
  12. Take some ribbon and put it through the cookie-hole to hang them in your tree ๐Ÿ™‚

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Merry Christmas!

Have a delicious day โค
xxx Sarah

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Christmas Jam Cookies

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Nothing says Christmas more than Christmas Cookies… I’m sorry but you can’t say you’ve celebrated Christmas if you haven’t had any cookies to go with it. You just can’t.

Sooooo I’ve made some yummy Jam Cookies! They can be used for several occasions because they aren’t Christmas exclusive as you can see but these star shaped cookies fit Christmas perfectly as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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What we need:

  • 250 g butter
  • 165 g sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 250 g flour
  • pinch of salt
  • raspberry jam (or any kind of jam you like)
  • cookie cutters in 2 sizes
  • plastic foil
  • baking plate
  • baking paper

Christmas Jam Cookies

How to:

  1. Mix together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add the egg yolk.
  3. Sift the flour and add it together with the salt to the mixture.
  4. Mix until everything gets combined and it forms a real dough.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic foil and store for 30 – 60 minutes in the fridge.
  6. Remove the foil and roll out the dough.
  7. Cut out as much stars as you can.
  8. Cut out a smaller piece in half of the stars (these will be your top stars).
  9. Heat the oven at 190ยฐC.
  10. Place the cookies on a sheet of baking paper on a baking plate and bake for 15 minutes at 190ยฐC.
  11. Let the cookies cool on the baking plate for a bit until placing them on a rack to cool completely.
  12. Take your ‘full’ stars and put some jam on them.
  13. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on the top starsย (the ones with the holes).
  14. Place the top stars on top of the jam.
  15. Serve! ๐Ÿ˜€

Jam Cookies

Merry Christmas!

Have a delicious day โค
xxx Sarah

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Cake Mix Challenge: Cupcake Edition

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Christmas is getting really really close now… Are you guys excited? Christmas Tree all set? Gifts all wrapped? Dinner plans thought out? Awesome Christmas sweaters ready? ๐Ÿ˜€

I know Christmas can be a real rush. Especially if you’re the one cooking! Best thing you can do is save time wherever you can to get you through the holidays with a smile. And that way you can spend as much tie with your loved ones as possible ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t like saying it, but dessert is something you can ‘cheat’ on.

Looking for something easy but festive and delicious? Cupcakes are always a good idea! They’re easy to make and everyone loves them. How you can save even more time? Use a cake mix for cupcakes.

There are so many different cake mixes. They all look the same but there can be some differences. I’ve decided to try three different cake mixes to let you know which one is best ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s on!

#1: Fun Cakes

Fun Cakes is a pretty known brand here in Belgium. Lots of cupcakeries and hobby stores have them. The cupcakes come out nicely and bake evenly. The taste is good, but maybe a little bit too dense for a cupcake. It reminds me of a vanilla cake instead of a cupcake. The mix also says it can be used as a regular cake mix.

#2: De Bakboetiek (The Bake Boutique)

This one is made by a local baking store. They sell their products in their store in Mechelen, Belgium and online. The cupcakes rise a bit more than the other cupcakes from Fun Cakes. The taste is in my opinion better since it really tastes like a cupcake (omnomnom). The texture of these cupcakes is is too. It’s much less dense and you can keep on eating them xD

#3: AVEVE / Horta (Farmer’s Union)

They look a lot like the ones from Fun Cakes. I didn’t manage to bake them 100% even as you can see. It tastes nice and the texture is okay. I feel like this one is inbetween vanilla cake and cupcake. This mix was made by the Farmer’s Union. I don’t know if I say this 100% correctly though.


 

You can probably guess which one is my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess a local store just puts more love into their products than a mass manufacturer. BUT no panic if you don’t have a local bakery who makes cupcake mixes. All three of them taste delicious and a good frosting can turn every cupcake into a real Christmas treat! (not the burned ones…) Just keep in mind the cupcake-level of each mix.

All though cake mixes seem so much faster, I don’t think it can ever live up to the result you get from adding flour and sugar yourself because there’s not much more to a cupcake than that. But I do understand people wanting to use them. So go ahead and use those mixes to serve your guests some lovely cupcakes!

Happy Holidays!

Have a delicious day โค
xxx Sarah

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Christmas gift idea: Elvea Limited Editions Box

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I was invited to the official opening of the Elvea Pop-Up Boutique at Stadsfeestzaal, Antwerp. The famous canned tomato brand exists 130 years and that calls for some special celebrations!

Elvea launched the exclusive Selezione del Maestro. Beautiful products with Datterini tomatoes. These tomatoes are a bit sweeter than the others. You can buy them in the supermarket but the limited editions gift box (the four of them together in a beautiful gift box) is exclusively available at the Pop-Up Boutique. It makes the perfect gift for every tomato-lover!

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Looks fancy, huh ๐Ÿ˜€ The dark blue with the gold gives this special edition a very luxurious look. It looks good, tastes great and doesn’t cost you a fortune. What more would you wish for? This fabulous gift box is available in the Pop-Up Boutique at Stadsfeestzaal in Antwerp for 12,50 euros.

For those of you who live in Antwerp or have visited the city in the near past know how the Pop-Up stores inside the Stadsfeestzaal look like. Elvea has claimed its place next to Zest Juice Bar, at the main entrance. You can’t miss it! ๐Ÿ˜€

The Pop-Up Boutique also offers you the regular and newest products by Elvea. So you can easily buy your own canned tomatoes whilst Christmas shopping for family and friends ๐Ÿ˜‰

To promote the Pop-Up Boutique, Elvea has created this fabulous Fiat 500:

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Have a delicious day โค
xxx Sarah

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Red Velvet Christmas Crinkle Cookies

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I’m sorry forgot posting a Christmas recipe last Tuesday. It’s not that I didn’t want to or didn’t try. I was making these awesome Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Tuesday night at around 10 pm. I had hoped to finish them in time to post them before midnight but my oven had other plans…

Everything went well until I put the first batch in the oven. After just a few minutes I started to smell something weird. My first thought was: “Djeez these cookies smell bad, my god!” You know something’s really wrong when there’s smoke coming out of the oven!

NO PANIC! I had it all under control. Except for that awfull burned smell that lived in our appartment for two days…

But the second time went perfectly well as you can tell by these yummy Crinkle Cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container. If you don’t, the cookies will become soft and they’ll taste more like cake than cookie xD It becomes a cake-cookie :p Tastes great too.

I was lucky to try a cookie before going to bed. It was crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Just the way they are supposed to be.
I had put them in a box and left them on the table when I went to bed. You never guess what I saw when I woke up: the cookie box had been opened!

I secretly think the boyfriend has something to do with it. He may have stolen a cookie when he got home from his boys night out or he might have just looked inside to see what I made. Either way, he forgot to close the box and left his marks! Busted! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Red Velvet Christmas Crinkle Cookies

What do we need:

  • 390 g self-raising flour
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 180 g butter
  • 160 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 130 g powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • baking paper

Crinkle Cookies going in the oven

How to:

  1. Put the flour, cocoa powder and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix together butter and sugar until the sugar is absorbed by the butter.
  3. Add 1 egg at a time and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the food coloring.
  5. Add theย other ingredients you had set aside in the bowl and mix until the batter is smooth.
  6. Put the dough in a bowl, wrap it with foil and put in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  7. Butter your hands and make small balls of dough.
  8. Put the powdered sugar in a bowl and roll every ball in the sugar. One ย at a time.
  9. Place the balls on a baking sheet.
  10. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes at 180 degrees celsius.

Have a delicious day โค
xxx Sarah

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