Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies is one of my favorite christmas cookies and I believe that this recipes gives you the best gingerbread cookies that you have ever tasted (everyone says so)!!
I got the recipe 10 years ago from a high school friend who’s mother had it. In Denmark we call it brunkager (brown cookies), but when googling gingerbread cookies, the recipes looks quite similar 🙂

You might think that it contains to many ingredients, is too complicated to make or has a too long resting time (1 week), but please try it before you decide not go make it again, cause I an quite sure that you will find that it is all worth it 🙂

If you consider to make the recipe in your stand mixer, PLEASE the sure that the motor is big enough to run a heavy dough through out the entire kneading time – and if you have Kitchen aid stand mixer I can already now say, from my own bad experiences, that it can NOT do it!! So use your hands instead – that way you will also burn a few calories while kneading (maybe I should wear my heart rate monitor next time I make this recipe, to establish how hard I work 🙂 )

Well…. enough about all my crazy ideas – jump to the kitchen and get started so that you and your family can enjoy these fabulous cookies in the christmas days.

 

Ingredients (300 small cookies)

2 1/5 cup margarine

2 1/2 cup sugar

4/5 cup syrup

8 cups flour

2 tsp. ground cloves

2 tsp. ground cardamom

2 tbsp. ground cinnamon

3/4 cup almonds

3/4 cup candied orange peel, chopped

4 tsp. potash

2 tbsp. water, cold

Melt margarine, sugar and syrup in a sauce pan at medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir occasionally to avoid it from burning. Set the mixture aside to cool until it reached body temperature (use your little finger as a thermometer) and make sure that it doesn’t get to cold!

While the cooling you can prepare the remaining ingredients. Blanche the almonds, roast them on a dry pan for a few minutes until they begin to release their lovely nutty flavor. Let cool and chop finely (but don’t blend into flour).
Chop the candied orange peel if it wasn’t already chopped when you bought it.

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Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, except potash, and mix well.
Combine potash and cold water and add to the dry ingredient mixture 1 minute before you plan to assemble the dough. Add the cooled margarine mixture to the flour and use a rubber spatula to fold together. When almost  combined, transfer the cookie dough to the kitchen table and knead thoroughly – approximately 10-15 minutes. The consistency of the cookie dough will stay the same, but the kneading process is very important as it divides all the seasoning and give an equal result to all the cookies.

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Cut the cookie dough into smaller pieces, cover with plastic wrap and fridge for 1-7 days (I alway bake 1/4 of the dough on the first day, and wait with the remaining to the seventh day).
Remove the cookie dough from the fridge a few hours before baking, to ensure that it is soft enough to roll out. Roll the dough out (approximately 0.1 inch thick) and cut the cookies with your favorite cookie cutters.

Bake on a piece of baking paper at 400F for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Eat the cookies immediately or store in an airtight container.

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Ingredients (300 small cookies)

500 g margarine

500 g sugar

2 dl syrup

1 kg flour

2 tsp. ground clove

2 tsp. ground cardamom

2 tbsp. ground cinnamon

100 g almonds

100 g candied orange peel

4 tsp. potash

2 tbsp. water, cold

 

Vanilla Wreath Cookies

Finally we reached December again and the christmas baking can begin 🙂 I just love baking christmas cookies, serve them for friend and family or wrap them in cellophane and use as a home made hostess gift.

Vanilla Wreath cookies is one of those cookies which I remember from visiting my grandparents around christmas, but it is actually the first time I have made them my self – and it was way easier than expected!
Some recipes call for a mincer to make vanilla wreaths, but I just used a piping bag (and my strong biceps 🙂 ) and I think that my vanilla wreaths is just as pretty as those made in the mincer 🙂

Which cookies do you bake for christmas??

I has been encouraged to participate in Bake Fest which is a monthly event created by Cooks Joy and has run for approximately two years now. I didn’t consider for many seconds as I love to share recipes and get inspired by others recipes. Moreover, it creates worldwide fellowship of bloggers which can learn so much from different food cultures all over the world 🙂

This month host is Lail who has the blog with a spin.

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Ingredients (60 cookies)

1 vanilla pod, seeds

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 large egg (or 1 1/2 medium)

2 1/4 cup flour

3 oz. almond flour (grounded almonds)

 

Combine vanilla seeds, sugar and butter in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until evenly combined. Add the egg and beat again until combined. Finally add flour and almond flour and beat for a few seconds. Turn the cookie dough onto the kitchen table and knead until smooth.

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Add the cookies dough to a solid quality piping bag with a star-shaped pipe.  Press the dough in circles (2-inch in diameter) on a piece of baking paper and bake at 400F for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden.vanilla wreaths 2_Fotor_Collage

Let cool in a wire rack and store in air tight cookie container or serve immediately while baking another portion 🙂

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Ingredients (60 cookies)

1 vanilla pod, seeds

225 g butter, room temperature

200 g sugar

1 large egg (or 1 1/2 medium eggs)

280 g flour

85 g almond flour

Chocolate Orange Cookies

We both love chocolate cookies as they are, but sometimes it is funny to experiment and make new variations of old recipes. As christmas is coming up, I wanted to try a version with orange as it reminds me of my childhood where my mom had oranges with cloves hanging in the windows.
Last year I bought a few tablespoons of orange purée and it was very expensive, so I decided to try and make my own this year. It turned out to be great and will definitely recommend that you make it yourself (it is very easy). Putting my home made orange purée into these cookies has been nothing less than a hit and I am without doubt going to make them for christmas 🙂

 

Ingredients (16 cookies)

1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate (I prefer Amedei Toascano Black 70%)

1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (— // —)

1 tbsp. butter

1 egg

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. orange purée

 

Melt chocolate and butter together slowly in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Be careful not to get any water into the bowl, as it will ruin the chocolate.

In another bowl whisk together egg, sugar, vanilla sugar and orange purée. Whisk until combined and add the melted chocolate (before adding the chocolate, make sure that it is not warmer than room temperature, otherwise it will ruin the batter).

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Combine until smooth before shifting in flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk again until combined and then add the chocolate chips (if your chocolate chips are large, it is good idea to chop them roughly, before adding them to the batter).

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Put teaspoonfuls on a baking tray, and bake at 350F for 12-13 minutes.

And VERY IMPORTANTLY – don’t forget to lick the bowl, spatula and spoons so that nothing goes to waist 😀

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Ingredients (16 cookies)

100 g bittersweet chocolate (I prefer Amedei Toscano Black 70%)

50 g bitterweet chocolate chips (— // —)

1 tbsp. butter

1 egg

85 g granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla sugar

40 g flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. orange purée

 

Chocolate Cookies for Coffee Lovers

Have you remembered Womens Day? Actually I had forgotten it, but was reminded as soon as I opened my Facebook. I am actually not the kind of woman who fights for equal rights for men and women, as I believe that both genders, have qualities which we should appreciate instead of trying to fight each other.

I could write up and down about my perspective on the gender issue, but as I properly disagree with most women, I will focus on these delicious cookies instead 🙂

I have made them for some of the women that I’am going to spend time with this weekend. I actually only made two changes in my recipe for chocolate chip cookies when making these fabulous and tasty cookies 🙂

First, I replaced the white chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips and second, I added 2 tbsp. instant espresso powder. If you love coffee, you will definitely love both the small and the taste of these cookies.

 

Ingredients (30 small cookies)

1 cup bittersweet chocolate

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

2 tbsp. butter

2 eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tbsp. salt

2 tbsp. instant espresso powder

 

Melt chocolate and butter together slowly in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Be careful not to get any water into the bowl, as it will ruin the chocolate.

In another bowl whisk together egg, sugar and vanilla sugar. Whisk until combined and add the melted chocolate (before adding the chocolate, make sure that it is not warmer than room temperature, otherwise it will ruin the batter).

Combine until smooth before shifting in flour, baking powder, instant espresso and salt. Whisk again until combing and then add the chocolate chips (if your chocolate chips are large, it is good idea to chop them roughly, before adding them to the batter).

Put teaspoonfuls on a pan, and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 12-13 minutes.

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Ingredients (30 small cookies)

2.5 dl bittersweet chocolate

1.25 dl white chocolate chips

2 tbsp. butter

2 eggs

1.8 dl cup granulated sugar

1/2 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tbsp. salt

2 tbsp. instant espresso powder

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies cookies cookies… we could eat cookies every day all year around. Therefor we try to experiment with different recipes – not to find the best, but to develop excellent cookie skills 🙂

The inspiration for this version came from our favorite Danish chocolate blog, and consists of the same ingredients, we just changed 1/3 of the bittersweet chocolate to white chocolate chips. The combination of the cookie made with dark chocolate and the small white chocolate chips is delicious and worth a try. If you don’t like white chocolate, just use dark chocolate chips, which is delicious too.

Before you begin, we would like to say a word or two about the choice of chocolate. You can use any kind of chocolate, but the best result will definitely be obtained if using a good quality chocolate. We primarily use chocolate from Amedei, as it is without any sort of additives (but also due to its delicious taste and creamy consistency). So find you favorite chocolate and make these cookies for your loved once.

 

Ingredients (30 small cookies)

1 cup bittersweet chocolate

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

2 tbsp. butter

2 eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tbsp. salt

 

Melt chocolate and butter together slowly in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Be careful not to get any water into the bowl, as it will ruin the chocolate.

In another bowl whisk together egg, sugar and vanilla sugar. Whisk until combined and add the melted chocolate (before adding the chocolate, make sure that it is not warmer than room temperature, otherwise it will ruin the batter).

Combine until smooth before shifting in flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk again until combined and then add the chocolate chips (if your chocolate chips are large, it is good idea to chop them roughly, before adding them to the batter).

Put teaspoonfuls on a pan, and bake at 350F for 12-13 minutes.

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Ingredients (30 small cookies)

2.5 dl bittersweet chocolate

1.25 dl white chocolate chips

2 tbsp. butter

2 eggs

1.8 dl granulated sugar

1/2 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1.25 dl flour

1/4 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tbsp. salt

Louise’s Liquorice Cookies

Last night I asked my Facebook friends what they were doing. A former fellow student answered that she was  watching Best of Top Gear while eating American Cookies. She added that she had thought about replacing the walnuts with almonds, the dark chocolate chips with white chocolate, and then add some liquorice powder.

It sounded so delicious that I promised to try it out as soon as possible (she is finishing up her Master Thesis at the moment, so I don’t think that she has the time herself :-)).

I promised her, that I would name the cookies after her, if they were a success – they are not a success, they are some off the best cookies I have ever made (and tasted)!

Serve warm with a creamy vanilla ice cream or store in an airtight contain at room temperature for up to one week.

 

Ingredients (30 cookies)

1 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tbs. vanilla sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 tsp. salt

1tbs. baking soda

2 tbs. hot water

4 tbsp. cold water

3 tbsp. liquorice powder

1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (I use Amedei Toscano White)

1 cup almonds, chopped

 

Beat together butter and sugar until soft. Beat in one egg at a time, and stir in vanilla sugar afterwards.

Dissolve baking soda in hot water, add to the batter along with salt. Whisk in oatmeal, flour, liquorice powder and cold water.

When just combined, fold in chocolate chips and almonds.

Put large spoonfuls on a pan, and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes.

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Ingredients (30 cookies)

225 dl butter

250 g granulated sugar

200 g packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tbs. vanilla sugar

250 g flour

2.5 dl oatmeal

1/2 tsp. salt

1tbs. baking soda

2 tbs. hot water

4 tbsp. cold water

3 tbsp. liquorice powder

150 g white chocolate chips (I use Amedei Toscano White)

2.5 dl almonds, chopped