Christmas Polar Bear Cookies

Hi guys!

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 πŸ˜€ 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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Homemade Christmas Speculoos Cookies

Hi guys!

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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Easy Christmas Cookies

Hi guys!

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 πŸ™‚ 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 – 60 minutes in the fridge.
  6. Remove the foil and roll out the dough.
  7. Cut outΒ different Christmas figures.
  8. Heat the oven at 190Β°C.
  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 190Β°C.
  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 πŸ™‚

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Merry Christmas!

Have a delicious day ❀
xxx Sarah

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Christmas Jam Cookies

Hi guys!

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 πŸ™‚

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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 190Β°C.
  10. Place the cookies on a sheet of baking paper on a baking plate and bake for 15 minutes at 190Β°C.
  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 starsΒ (the ones with the holes).
  14. Place the top stars on top of the jam.
  15. Serve! πŸ˜€

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Merry Christmas!

Have a delicious day ❀
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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜‰

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 theΒ 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 Β 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 ❀
xxx Sarah

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Speculoos Cookies

Hi guys!

I’ve had one of those baking cravings πŸ™‚ You know, those moments when you just HAVE to bake something!

It was Sunday, I had just cleaned the whole house (yes, including the kitchen, which wasn’t that smart I suppose) and the Boyfriend turned on the television for some football. I didn’t know what to do! :O
I still have lots of great books I could read. I’m reading the third book from the Game of Thrones series at the moment (meaning: sometimes before I go to bed). But I didn’t want to read. I wanted to bake! But what?

That’s always the tricky part. I now I want to bake, I HAVE to, but I never know what recipe to make… And I know, those 34 cook books in the closet should make things easy for me but no, they don’t. I never know what recipe to make. Oh god, why does it have to be so complicated!

After standing in front of my cookbooks, staring at them and just doing absolutely nothing, I decided to make something that wasn’t in any of my cookbooks: Speculoos Cookies!

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So so easy and very yummy. Perfect πŸ™‚ It’s actually a modified version of my Nerdy Nummies Chocolate Chip Smart Cookies.

What do we need:

  • 260 g flour
  • 150 g white sugar
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Speculoos crumbs (I’ve used 2 hands of speculoos crumbs)
  • 250 g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Baking plate
  • Baking paper

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How to:

  1. Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl
  2. Combine butter, both sugars and vanilla extract in your mixer
  3. Add the eggs
  4. Slowly add the flour once the eggs are completely combined
  5. Add the speculoos crumbs and mix them through the dough
  6. Bake our cookies for about 15 minutes at 190 degrees centigrade

Speculoos Cookies

These Speculoos Cookies are crispy at the sides and chewy in the middle πŸ™‚ I guess that’s a feature of speculoos because Speculoos Blondies are chewy as well!

So let’s get chewing on those cookies and love those baking craving moments because they always end well πŸ˜‰

Have a delicious day ❀
xxx Sarah

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Christmas Cookies

Hi guys!

Yay! I’m so happy it’s December. Not because of the fact that school is almost over, I still have a lot to do!
But I’m happy because I can start my Christmas baking!
Those of you who follow me on Facebook already knew how excited I was πŸ˜‰

My first Christmas baking is a fact! I made delicious Christmas cookies! They look cute and very much in the Christmas spirit ^^
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8 must haves on your Christmas Wishlist!

Hi guys!

If you know me a little, you know I’m a Christmas Freak! Really, I am!
Normally, my Christmas Wishlist is all set by August…
I took my team this year :p

My own Christmas Wishlist contains much more than just fun baking stuff (books to read etc.) but I wanted to share a Christmas Wishlist full of fun stuff with you! I’ve already seen a couple of nice lists here and there so I figured it was time to share mine ^^ I’ve selected 8 super fun ideas! At least, I find them super fun :p

Christmas wishlist

1. Cookbook ‘United States of Cake’ by Roy Fares

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I just HAVE to have this book! Do you know the feeling of finding a cookbook with new recipes but also a lot of recipes you already have in another book? Exactly! This book is the absolute opposite! I have almost none of the recipes in it AND there isn’t a single dessert I don’t want to try in this fabulous cookbook! Trust me, that means something…
Is it the amazing photographs or the fact that this boy is so cute? Probably not. I’m just such a fan of Amerika! I love their pies, bars, cookies… EVERYTHING!
If you love the desserts of the American West Coast as much as I do and you’d love to make them? Then I highly recommend this cookbook! Oh my, I don’t even have this book yet and I’m in love already…

2. Baking tin: Gingerbread Man

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Do I even have to explain myself? Come on, who doesn’t want to make a giant Gingerbread Man Cake? πŸ˜€

3. Sprinkles!

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Sprinkles make everything better πŸ˜‰
I’m sure men don’t always feel the same way but some desserts are just better with sprinkles.
Kids love them too!

4. The Smurfs Stickers

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I found these stickers and I just had to add them to my list. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could make Smurfs Cookies?
I thought so too!

5. Funny Tools

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Admit it! They are so freaking cute! I believe they were made for kids, but who sees that, right? :p
Maybe not the easiest tools to use but super cute!

6. Cookie Stamper ‘Home made’

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I’ve always wanted a cookie stamper like this. I think it gives them a little ‘extra’ πŸ™‚

7. Powder Sugar Sifter

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This is way better than a box of powder sugar and a regular sieve…
Very practical and look at that colour!

8. Christmas Cookie Cutter

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These cute Christmas Cookie Cutters couldn’t be left out, right? πŸ˜€
I love cookie cutters and that’s no different with these ones.

I hope you guys enjoyed my little list!
Did you like any of them?

I’ll bring this list to Tickle My Tastebuds and Aweome Things Tuesday!
Let me get you in the right mood with a little song πŸ˜‰

Have a delicious day ❀
xxx Sarah

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Easy & delicious shortbread cookies!

Hi there!
DSCN4822Today, I want to share my recipe for shortbread cookies with you.
I love these cookies because they’re easy to make, delicious and you can keep them for about 2 weeks!
I think they are just perfect to serve with coffee. Or to eat if you feel like it πŸ˜‰
First things first, what do we need?
Β Β Β  – 200g butter
Β Β Β  – 125g soft brown sugar
Β Β Β  – 1 egg
Β Β Β  – 350g pastry flour
Β Β Β  – a pinch of salt
Β Β Β  – cookie cutters
Β Β Β  – rolling pin
Β Β Β  – cling film
Β Β Β  – baking paper
Β Β Β  – tray
Okay, let’s get started. Don’t worry, you’ll see that this is piece of cake (or cookie πŸ˜‰ )
I’ll use 1, 2, 3, … to tell you what you need to do first because I think that will make it easier for you to follow πŸ™‚
1. We mix the butter, sugar and the egg untill we get a nice and smooth batter.
2. We add the flour and a pinch of salt.
3. We mix everything untill it begins to stick.
4. If you see the batter clinging together, we roll it to a ball of dough.
5. Wrap the ball of dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for one hour. In the meantime, you can do something you like πŸ™‚ You can also preheat your oven. If you don’t want to do this, that’s fine.
6. We use our rolling pin to make our ball flat. You can choose how flat you want your cookies to be but make sure it’s not too flat because you should be able to get the unbaked cookies on your tray. If the cookies are too flat, they won’t come off so easily and they won’t hold their design while you carry them to the tray.
7. Bake the cookies in the oven on 170Β°C for about 15 minutes. If you don’t have 170Β°C, it’s okay, just use 180Β°C. If you didn’t preheat your oven, just add some minutes extra.
8. When the cookies are done, let them cool on a wire shelf.
9. If you want to, you can now decorate the cookies!
10. Let’s eat!
Enjoy your cookies and have a wonderfull and delicious day!
xxx Sarah