[9] Watercolour Plates + Table Decor Inspiration

Hi friends,

Do you have special plans for the holidays? Is it just going to be a relaxed party with your closest family or are you planning a big Christmas feast? In any case, it is always important to me to decorate the table nicely. Even if it’s just a few small elements, it makes everything look put together and I just love to decorate.

That’s why I’d like to share a bit of inspiration with you today – maybe you’ll find a few ideas that you’d like to use on your own table this Christmas – there’s still a wee bit of time left. I also have a little DIY for you: Turn simple white porcelain plates into a real eye-catcher on the table with just some  black and gold paint and a little time!

Watercolour Plates

Watercolour Plates

Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

With a few brushstrokes and some time you can turn plain white plates into real gems!

Materials

  • white porcelain plates
  • porcelain color in black and gold
  • thinner
  • brushes

Instructions

  1. Clean the plates well, so that they are free of dust and grease.
  2. Now mix the two colours (I used THIS and THIS here) in small cups with a little thinner (compatible with the colour) to achieve a watercolor-like consistency.
  3. Apply thin layers of paint and repeat until you get your desired look - lightly let the paint dry in between layers, so it doesn't mix too much.
  4. Let the finished design dry for 24 hours, then bake in the oven according to the manufacturer's instructions to make it durable.

True to the black and gold color scheme, I have put together a table decoration with these pretty plates. Just scroll through the pictures – in between there are also a few links to manufacturers or sources!

The stunning LED-Star, the golden napkin rings and the metal box are all from HEMA.

The black table cloth is from Action.

The ‘vase’ actually is an old tea tin, spray painted golden and filled with floral foam.

Do you like the combination of black and gold? Which elements do you like most?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

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[8] Gingerbread Trifle + Giveaway | #ad

Hey friends,

In my opinion there are certain flavours that are inextricably linked to experiences, memories or moments. Cinema tastes like popcorn, my children’s birthday tastes like Käse-Sahne-Torte and afternoons after school have the taste of ‘Anna & Kristin’s special pasta’ (maybe I’ll pubish the recipe on here one day 😉).

And Christmas? For me personally, the Christmas season tastes most of all like gingerbread – maybe with a hint of Vanillekipferl (crescent shaped vanilla shortbread) and speculoos. Without gingerbread it just wouldn’t be the same. The nuts, the spices and the chocolate in there ♥ That’s the concentrated flavour of Christmas to me.

Mostly gingerbread just get’s eaten on it’s own, but today I’ll show you a way how to turn gingerbread into a lovely Christmas dessert: piled up layer by layer with a whipped sour cream and fruity cherries to create a marvellous Gingerbread Trifle – here’s the recipe:

Gingerbread Trifle

Gingerbread Trifle

Yield: makes about 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

The taste of Christmas: flavourful gingerbread, sweet cherries and rich vanilla creme.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of preserved cherries (680g)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 400 g sour cream
  • 200 g cream
  • 50 g vanilla sugar
  • 3-4 large gingerbread with chocolate glaze (ideally German-Style Lebkuchen)

Instructions

  1. Drain the jar of cherries, collecting the cherry juice in a saucepan. Remove about 4 tablespoons of the juice, pour it into a small bowl and stir together with the starch until smooth. Bring the remaining juice to a boil together with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir the starch mixture into the boiling juice, simmer briefly until it thickens and then remove from heat. Finally, add cherries back in and let everything cool well.
  2. Meanwhile, put sour cream, cream and vanilla sugar in a large bowl and whip up with a hand mixer until it's thick and creamy.
  3. Finely chop the gingerbread. Now alternately put a layer of gingerbread in a dessert glass, then some sour cream, next some cherries and then again a layer of sour cream. Finally top with gingerbread and serve.

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY:

Today you can win 1 packet of gingerbread from Pfeffer & Frost – the finest Elisenlebkuchen that come in a really pretty box!

Pfeffer & Frost is a young start-up from Nuremberg: the two founders behind it, Jannik & Tillman, are real gingerbread fans and came up with the idea to create a modern packaging for the old-established Elisenlebkuchen – and they succeeded! Sturdy cardboard and a biodegradable foil protect and keep the gingerbread fresh; the colourful and lovingly illustrated design by  London artist Alec Doherty makes the box a real collector’s item! The edition is limited and next year they will come in a whole new look.

The content of the box is just as amazing! Baked by hand in a traditional Nuremberg bakery and brimming with good ingredients: fine almonds, sweet marzipan and delicious hazelnuts – this turns the gingerbread into a real taste experience!

The great design of the boxes is something you can see in the photos, the taste you can unfortunately only imagine … but that can change, because I’m going give one of them to a lucky winner!

HOW TO ENTER:

You can participate by commenting on this post, via Facebook and on Instagram – you can thus secure 1 entry on each platform (that a maximum of 3 entries per participant). My question is the same everywhere: Which is your favourite Lebkuchen style – chocolate glazed, with icing or au naturelle?

Giveaway Rules:

  • The raffle starts on 08.12.2018 at 8:00 and ends on 12.12.2018 at 23:59 (CET).
  • Eligible are readers from Germany, who are at least 18 years old.
  • Participation is via the submission of a comment on the blog and under the corresponding on Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • The raffle is not affiliated with Facebook / Instagram and is not sponsored or organized by Facebook / Instagram in any way.

So I wish you the best of luck and until then…

Stay sweet & HAPPY DESSERT MAKING!

xx Kristin

[7] Pom Pom Coasters

Hey friends,

Today I want to share another super easy to make gift idea with you: Colourful Pom Pom Coasters! They protect the table from unsightly scratches or water stains and are incredibly cute at the same time.

Maybe you can tell, I have fallen a little bit in love with those happy coasters and would really like to keep them all to myself. Fortunately, it’s so very easy to make mor of them so nobody will miss out!

Pom Pom Coasters

Pom Pom Coasters

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Colourful, fluffy and a fast to make gift idea!

Materials

  • Cork coasters or a cork mat
  • Pom Poms (about 100 pieces à 10mm for 1 coaster with 10cm Ø)
  • hot glue
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Either you use ready-made cork coasters or you get yourself a cork mat about 5 mm thick, from which you then cut out circles in your desired size.
  2. And then it's already time to glue! Heat up the hot glue gun and lay out a bunch of pom poms in front of you. Then put some hot glue on the pom pom and press it onto the cork. It's best to work from the outside in, until the surface is completely covered.


Have you already got all of the Christmas presents you want to gift this year or do you prefer to take some more time to think about it?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[6] Pan di Stelle

Hey friends,

It’s miserable outside, so I prefer to hide in my flat and daydream about our last vacation. This year went on a road trip around Italy. Except for the first stop it was completely unplanned, we simply drove to the places we wanted to see that day, hastily searched for campsites while drving and then set up our camp for the night.

We had pretty great weather although it was fairly late in the year. And in addition to all the great food that we have crushed on the spot, I have also stocked up my personal supply: Pasta, flour, olive oil, tomato sauce, … and also my very favorite Italian biscuits: Pan di Stelle! Those sweet chocolate biscuits with stars on them have stolen my foodie heart but unfortunately my supply is long gone. That’s why I decided to bake some for myself and the recipe is now available for you too!

Pan di Stelle

Pan di Stelle

Yield: makes about 50
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

When sweet cocoa biscuits meet a shower of stars, the most delicious Italian cookies are made!

Ingredients

  • 30 g ground hazelnuts
  • 100 g butter
  • 60 g margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 30 g dark chocolate
  • 400 g flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • white sugar star sprinkles
  • sugar glitter

Instructions

  1. Put the ground hazelnuts together with 2 tbsp of powdered sugar in a food processor and grind finely.
  2. Melt the chocolate, then cream the butter together with margarine and 1 egg. Now stir in the honey and the chocolate.
  3. Mix the ground hazelnuts with flour, cocoa, baking powder, the remaining powdered sugar and salt. Form a well in the middle and add the butter-chocolate mix. Gradiually add the milk and knead everything until a smooth dough forms. Wrap in foil and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface and cut out small circles (about 5 cm in diameter). Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180° C and line several baking trays with baking paper.
  5. Put white sugar stars on the biscuits and sprinkle them with a little glitter sugar. Then bake for about 10 minutes, allow to cool well and serve!

Do you know these delicious biscuits or do you maybe have a different favourite from your vacations?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

[5] Handmade Hairbands

Hey friends,

I’m a big fan of homemade presents – both on the receiving and giving end. Sure, sometimes we all want a special something – this great new cookbook, a nice watch or the lovely perfume you’ve always wanted. But on the whole, I like homemade gifts so much better. Simply because it shows that you have thought about it & taken your time to come up with something special for the recipient.

Tomorrow is the day of Saint Nicolas in Germany, the day when he pays you a visit and fills your boots with wee presents if you left them outside the night before. This is of course a great opportunity to gift your loved ones a wee something. How about this beautiful & very easy to make turban-style hairband? You’ll only need a bit of fabric and ideally a sewing machine – if you don’t have one you can obiviously sew by hand as well, it  will just take a bit longer then.

Which material you use is completely up to you, but ideally it should be at least somewhat stretchy, so that the finished hairband fits comfortably. Below, I also have a great video tutorial on this project from the lovely Eliza – watching her make one makes it so much easier to understand the steps.

Handmade Hairbands

Handmade Hairbands

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Give this old piece of fabric a new life and turn it into a pretty hairband in a few simple steps!

Materials

  • 2 pieces of fabric with the dimensions 16 × 56 cm
  • Sewing machine, needles & thread
  • Pins & scissors

Instructions

  1. Fold the cut fabric pieces along the long side and sew together the open side with a zigzag stitch.
  2. Now turn the fabric strips inside out so that the seam is now inside.
  3. Place one of the strips on the table with the seam facing up and the smooth side down.
  4. Now put the second strip over it like a cross. This time the seam points down and the smooth side up.
  5. Now bring the two opposite ends together in pairs, so that it forms a kind of knot in the middle.
  6. Now fold everything in the middle so that all 4 ends are on top of each other.
  7. Sew the 4 layers together with a straight stitch, cut off excess threads and your hairband is finished.
  8. TIP: If you want the seam in the back to be invisible, you should definitely watch the video Eliza's video tutorial. There she shows how a hidden seam works - it's pretty difficult to show in photos only, but it's actually quite simple.

Try it – it’s really super easy to make and I think the hairbands are so nice and cosy, especially now that temperatures outside dropped quite a bit. I’m looking forward to the hairband I made of fleece keeping my ears warm and toasty <3

Do you like sewing and who would you give sone of those hairbands to?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[4] Stollen in a Jar

Hey friends,

especially in the run up to Christmas it is nice to meet up with friends and acquaintances for coffee and spend some nice hours together. Talk about what’s new, reminisce on old memories or exchange ideas about this years Christmas presents. The latter I always find fascinating, because it is so interesting to see how other people gift. One person might be more of the last-minute type while another is a crafter and creator. Maybe they will even have tips for you for particularly great gifts – who knows?

For these occasions, I always find it nice to bring the host a little something. A nice thing to bring is, for example, small Stollen (German fruit bread) in a jar! It is quick to prepare and gets baked directly in small screw top jars, so after baking you just put on the lid, let it seal and this way preserve it for a few weeks.

Stollen in a Jar

Stollen in a Jar

Yield: makes 5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

An ideal small present for your Christmas host but also great to prepare and then just eat by yourself!

Ingredients

  • 150 g margarine
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 quark
  • 500 g flour
  • 1 packet baking soda (~2 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp milk (or if you like the flavour: rum)
  • 125 g dried cranberries
  • 100 g chopped almonds
  • powdered sugar
  • 5 small screw top jars à 230 ml

Instructions

  1. Grease the small jars, dust them with bread crumbs and preheat the oven to 175° C.
  2. Beat margarine, sugar and eggs together until creamy, then stir in the quark. Mix flour and baking powder and add it to wet ingredients together with some milk. Knead until combined, then add the cranberries and almonds and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Divide the dough and fill the jars about 2/3 full, then press down the dough lightly. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Immediately sprinkle the hot cake in the jars with plenty of powdered sugar, then screw on the lid immediately and allow to cool completely.
  4. Stored in a cool and dry place, the Stollen will keep fresh for 2-3 weeks.

What do you like to gift your host when you’re invited somewhere?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

[3] DIY Indoor Fake Fire Basket

Hey friends,

One thing is for sure: I don’t think I ever struggled so much trying to come up with a title of a blog post! Fire basket … hmm, but without fire … then it should be called ‘fire’ … but that looks stupid … or fireplace … but it’s not a fireplace … and again – no fire! …

I then I had enough and decided to simply go for fire basket, because you aren’t stupid and surely will understand me without the ultimate name for it. Anyway, the idea behind it is as simple as it is ingenious: With a metal wire basket, a few logs and some string lights you can quickly create a decorative basket that looks as if the pieces of wood are burning in it. So you can a cosy atmosphere to your apartment in a flash!

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Looks like fire, creates a cosy mood like fire, but it's actually just a clever DIY made of wood and fairy lights.

Materials

  • 1 metal wire basket
  • 1 battery-operated fairy lights with 100 LEDs
  • about 8 logs

Instructions

  1. First of all, try how many pieces of wood fit in the basket or how many you want in there.
  2. Placed the logs standing upright in a row. Then wrap the string lights around one log after the other, always wrapping around each piece a few times.
  3. Now carefully place the decorated logs back inside the basket and arrange as desired. Now just turn on the lights and make yourself comfortable!
  4. TIP: If you turn on the fairy lights while you are wrapping, it will give you a better overview of how the LEDs are distributed.

So easy yet quite impressive, I think! I’m having it in my apartment for almost a year now and it’s getting used every evening that we spend at home – it’s love!

Perhaps you have a bright idea and can help me find a better, more acurate name for it? I would be grateful if it no longer had to be called ‘Fire Lights Thingy’ 😂

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[2] Matchstick Cookies + Giveaway | #Ad

Hey friends,

time is moving so incredibly fast! Yesterday evening, I was still desperate to finish my advent wreath at the last minute – and managed a few times to nearly hot glue my fingers to the greens in the midst of all this hecticness. Pretty painful, don’t try it at home! But the little gem made of eucalyptus is now all done and ready for lighting the first candle.

The first candle also means it’s the first Advent Sunday – which in turn means it’s a good time for our first giveaway. I’ll tell you what it’s all about further below.

Now to the reeeeally important things in the run-up to Christmas: cookies! Without those sweet treats in all shapes and flavours, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same, right? A super simple recipe I would like to introduce you today are Matchstick Cookies: Delicious crispy butter cookies with one end dipped in red glaze and sprinkled with some berry powder – soooo delicious and fast to make!

Matchstick Cookies

Matchstick Cookies

Yield: makes about 60
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

They look like wee matches but taste much, much better: buttery, vanilla-y and with a hint of berries!

Ingredients

  • 250 g flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50 g almond meal
  • 125 g powdered sugar
  • 150 g cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 g pink candy melts
  • red food colouring
  • fruit powder (e.g., blackberry)

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour with salt, almonds and powdered sugar. Then add the butter in cubes, the egg and the vanilla and quickly process everything with your hands to make a smooth dough. Wrap in foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 175° C (150° C convection). Roll out the dough on a floured work surface. Use a knife to cut it into 1 cm x 7 cm strips and place them on baking sheets lined with baking paper. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, then let cool completely.
  3. Melt the Candy Melts for the glaze and use a little red food colouring if you want a brighter shade. Dip one end of the sticks into the glaze, let the excess drip off and leave to dry. Sprinkle the still moist glaze with some fruit powder, then let it set and they are ready to serve!

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY!

Today you can win 5 wonderful books from the EMF publishing house:

1 x New York Bakery by Clara Hansemann (German language)

This is actually where I got today’s recipe from and it’s perfect for people who are interested in biscuits, cookies & little anecdotes from the wintery New York!

1 x Slow Christmas by Ina Mielkau (German language)

The perfect companion for the holiday season because it contains decoration and gift ideas as well as instructions and tips for relaxed holidays!

3 x EINFACH…(Weihnachtsbäckerei/Weihnachtsrezepte/Weihnachtsrezepte vegetarisch) by Gabriele Gugetzer & Rose Marie Donhauser (German language)

Small booklets with great content: All recipes are limited to 2-6 ingredients and make Christmas cooking super easy!

HOW TO ENTER:

You can participate by commenting on this post, via Facebook and on Instagram – you can thus secure 1 entry on each platform (that a maximum of 3 entries per participant). My question is the same everywhere: Which is YOUR favorite cookie recipe and why?

Giveaway Rules:

  • The raffle starts on 02.12.2018 at 8:00 and ends on 06.12.2018 at 23:59 (MEZ).
  • Eligible are readers from Germany, who are at least 18 years old.
  • Participation is via the submission of a comment on the blog and under the corresponding on Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • The raffle is not affiliated with Facebook / Instagram and is not sponsored or organized by Facebook / Instagram in any way.

So I wish you the best of luck and until then…

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

[1] Pomegranate Scones with Vanilla | #ad

Hi friends,

the time has come! So long in the planning and finally I can share with you, the best readers of the world, what I have been working on in the last few weeks: Fräulein Zebra’s Advent Calendar 2018!

In the next weeks I would like to accompany you through the holiday season and give you some inspiration for the (undoubtedly) best time of the year. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Christmas recipes
  • Craft ideas
  • Table decoration
  • Big & small homemade presents

In addition, I have worked really hard and organised quite a few for you. The focus this year is on regional companies, because Franconia has so much to offer! All too often, those regional gems get lost in the bulk of our consumption and we miss out on the best things. That’s what I’m trying to change and together with my wonderful sponsors have put together some great prizes for you!

So now I want to briefly introduce you to my wonderful Christmas elves & sponsors, then we’ll continue straight to the recipe – I promise!

ATTENTION – IF YOU DON’T WANT ANY HINTS ON WHAT’S IN THE CALENDAR, YOU SHOULD SKIP THIS BIT!

Pfeffer & Frost

Nice on the outside, yummy on the inside – the perfect combination for a unique present for foodies. The two founders Jannik & Tilman put delicious Nuremberg gingerbread into a limited (and really pretty!) cardboard box, designed by London based artist Alec Doherty!

Adam’s Apfel

Fruity, tangy and something very special – for more than ten years, Johannes has been working on his sparkling apple wine and you can really taste this love and attention to detail in his products!

EMF publishing house

Innovative and extraordinary books for ‘makers’ – they offer something for all creative people, whether you’re interested in cooking, sewing, gardening, painting or knitting!

Komplizinnen

In search of the perfect bracelet Grete and Heidi became accomplices and now produce lovingly handcrafted & very beautiful brass jewelery with personalised lettering!

I don’t want to reveal much more, there should be at least a bit of surprise, so I guess it’s time for something to eat:

ALL CLEAR – NO MORE SPOILERS😉

The first weekend of advent is just around the corner and I think we should all take this as an opportunity to slow down a bit. Just deliberately take some time, even if you’re pretty busy, and spend it with the people you care about. And what better way to spend some quality time with your loved ones than with a wonderful breakfast? The plan: Sneak into the kitchen in the morning and by the time you’re ready for your sedcond coffee the scent of freshly made scones will spread through the kitchen … mmmmh, I can already smell it, how about you? These Pomegranate Scones with Vanilla are not difficult to make and make for such a lovely breakfast with butter and jam or try it as an afternoon treat, properly authentic with clotted cream – you should make it right away!

Pomegranate Scones with Vanilla

Pomegranate Scones with Vanilla

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

The scent of freshly baked scones and sweet vanilla is in the air - what a perfect way to start the day!

Ingredients

  • 150 g flour
  • 20 g ground almonds
  • 25 g sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 60 g cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50 g pomegranate seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 50 ml cream
  • some milk
  • 3-4 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, almonds, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the cold butter and rub it briefly with your fingers into the dry ingredients - there should still be a few small bits of butter visible. Then stir in the pomegranate seeds.
  3. Now add the egg, cream and vanilla extract and mix with your hands until just combined.
  4. Turn onto a floured work surface and form the dough into a 3-4 cm thick circle (about 15-20 cm in diameter). Use a sharp knife to cut it into sixths. Put dough triangles in the fridge for half an hour. In the meantime preheat the oven to 200° C (180° C fan forced).
  5. Place the scones on the baking tray leaving some space in between and brush them with milk. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar and bake in a hot oven for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve while still a bit warm!

So sweet and fruity – I can’t get enough of it. Have you ever baked scones yourself? And what are your plans for this first weekend of Advent?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

Speculoos Brownies

Hey friends,

as promised, from today on we’ll be preparing for Christmas with culinary delights here on the blog! Outside, it is getting really frosty and everywhere in the shops and on Instagram you can see beautiful advent decorations and Christmas gift ideas. Here in my city, the Christmas market has opened its gates last weekend, meaning the time of great feasting can officially begin <3

I’m really trying not to go completely nuts this year again and bake a trillion different types of cookies – as my schedule is pretty packed right now, I’ll probably cut down my baking sessions and limit myself to a few classics instead. One of those ‘all-time favorites’ is speculoos!I found a nice mold for it a few weeks ago and can’t wair to try it soon.

The speculoos in these delicious brownies is not self-made but self-bought – and that works just as well 😉. The batter is ultra chocolaty and the little biscuit pieces in it make for a bit of crunch. And if you want to be extra decadent you drizzle some melted Cookie Butter or even speculoos spread on top ♥

Speculoos Brownies

Speculoos Brownies

Yield: about 16 pieces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Chocolatey, crunchy and really nice for Christmas - these sweet speculoos brownies will make all your wishes come true!

Ingredients

  • 75 g flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • 200 g softened butter
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 250 g milk chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g speculoos
  • 2-3 tbsp cookie butter / speculoos spread

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C, grease a small baking pan (about 25x25 cm) and lightly dust with cocoa powder. Roughly chop and melt the chocolate in a waterbath, then set aside.
  2. Mix the butter with the sugar and salt. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat until creamy. Add the flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and the melted chocolate and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Crumble the speculoos roughly with your hands and fold it into the batter. Pour into the mold, spread evenly and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Let it cool well and if you like, you can heat up some cookie butter and drizzle over the brownies and top it with some speculoos crumb. Cut into pieces and serve!

Have you already heated up the oven for your Christmas bakery? And made it onto your to-bake-list for this year?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin