It is that time of year, the snow is falling (at least today it was), cookies are baking, nuts are roasting, chocolate is being melted to make treats and shapes are cut to make gingerbread houses.
Christmas is a wonderful time for us because it means more “hygge” (coziness) and more yummy food and treats.
Today I was baking White Christmas Cookies, my favourite, and Bob was happily eating them for his afternoon coffee 🙂
White Christmas Cookies are so simple to make that everyone can do it. Even if you haven’t baked anything before, you can make these.
I promise you these will spread joy and happiness, so make some for your friends, family and colleagues and take all the credit 🙂
So here we go:
500 g (4 cups) flour
500 g (2 1⁄4 cup) cold butter or margarine
250 g (2 cups) powdered sugar
100 g (about 1 cup) chopped hazelnuts (you can use any kind of nut, I used pecans today and it was delicious)
100 g chopped dark chocolate, use 70 % chocolate
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar (you can make your own vanilla sugar by mixing granulated sugar with a cut open vanilla bean. Put it together in an airtight jar and let it sit for a couple of days)
Shred the butter into the flour and mix with your hands or in a mixing machine till it is crumbled and looks a little like uncooked oatmeal.
Mix powdered sugar, vanilla sugar and egg into the butter and flour. Mix till it is almost coming together, then add the chopped nuts and chocolate and continue mixing till you have a firm dough ball.
Divide dough into 4 pieces and roll out each to 4 cm (1 1⁄2 inch) thick rolls using a bit of flour so it doesn’t stick to the table. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and let cool in the fridge for about 1 hour, or in the freezer for baking later. Or if you are really impatient, place the roll in the freezer for 15 minutes and then take it out and cut it.
Cut the rolls into 1⁄2-3⁄4 cm (1⁄4 inch) thick slices. Place the cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 min in a 180 C (350 F) hot oven.
Keep an eye on the cookies, they are done when they have a slightly brown edge.
Store in an airtight container, that is if you have any left after serving them to friends and family 🙂