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!
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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!