Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The end of the year is near and all of us are preparing for the last party of 2015, as well as, the first one for 2016. I wish to all of you a great new year! I hope all of you are healthy, happy, in love, have good jobs and great friends! May the new year be better than the previous one and I hope you can achieve all of you goals and fulfill all of your dreams, so you can make space for new ones!

I’ve been busy lately, so unfortunately I had no time to write here or read your new stories! I’ll try to catch up with all of the new things in your lives. In return, I’ll let you know how I spent my holidays. 🙂

It is this time of the year when the smell of cinnamon, ginger and orange fill the air. This year I decided not to make a gingerbread house, just some cookies. The recipe I chose is very easy and I found it one Bulgarian cooking site. This is the link to the original recipe, in case you can read and understand in Bulgarian – Christmas cookies.  However, if Bulgarian is not something you can understand, here is the recipe in English:

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Christmas cookies

  • 2 and a half tea cups all-purpose flour;
  • 1 egg;
  • ½ tea-cup butter;
  • ⅔ tea-cup honey (I personally put a little bit more);
  • 1 tea-spoon baking powder;
  • ½ tea-spoon baking soda;
  • 1 tea-spoon dry ginger (I put 2);
  • 1 tea-spoon cinnamon (again I put 2).

Here is how magic happens:

You sift out the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and ginger. After that you melt the honey and butter. Then you mix the honey and butter and wait for them to cool down. After that you mix them with the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and ginger, and add the egg. Mix it up, but not to much. When the dough is ready you grind it with the rolling grind, so the dough should be about 3mm. Use your favourite Christmas cookie cutter shapes and put the cookies in a preheated oven (180°C – 356°F) for about 7-8 minutes.

Here is where the fun begins – decorate them as you wish and don’t forget to smile. Here is the recipe for the icing – Icing .

Icing

  • 1 egg white;
  • 1 tea-cup powdered sugar;
  • 3-4 lemon drops.

Basically, you sift twice the powdered sugar and mix it well with the egg white. After that you add the lemon drops and mix again.

I also had some time to make Christmas cupcakes. Unfortunately, I didn’t bookmark the recipe and I don’t remember the site from which I took it. I moderated it a bit, but it turned out really good and delicious. Here it is:

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Christmas cupcakes

  • 125 grams all-purpose flour (4.409 oz);
  • half a packet of baking powder (around 5 grams – 0.17 oz);
  • 2 eggs;
  • 125 grams sugar (4.409 oz);
  • 125 grams butter;
  • 2 tea spoons milk;
  • vanilla;
  • 2 tea spoons cocoa.

Icing 

  • 125 grams butter;
  • 250 grams powdered sugar (8.80 oz).

Let’s start with the icing, since it is very simple. Just mix the ingredients well together. I added some green food dye.

For the cupcakes, mix the butter and the sugar together. Add the eggs, one by one. Sift the flour with the vanilla, baking powder and cocoa and stir it together with the butter-sugar mixture. Lastly, add the milk. Bake them in a preheated oven on about 180°C – 356°F.  When they are ready leave them to cool, before decorating them.

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Christmas was amazing. I got to wrap up all of the presents in time. I baked a Christmas bread and last, but not least, gave my minions a good celebration. 🙂

I hope you had a great Christmas as well!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. koolaidmoms says:

    It all sounds so yummy! I pinned the recipes to try later!

    1. Mons says:

      I’m happy you liked them. I hope you like the result, as much as I did.

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