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Christmas Cookies

Christmas is coming! I don’t know how it is celebrated in your families, but mine has a special Christmas tradition of baking cookies – not gingerbreads but usual cookies. This time, to make them taste and look a bit more like Christmas cookies, we decided to add marzipan. Of course, baking cookies makes no sense without proper decorations. Silver, golden or colourful sugar balls and frosting make children happy. And adults… well, adults enjoy decorating as well.

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  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 150g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of ground cardamom
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 125g butter
  • 50g marzipan paste
  • 4tbls candied orange peel
  • Additionally: flour to sprinkle on your pastry board

Step 1

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut butter into small cubes and add it to the dry ingredients. Mix until you see small lumps. Add the egg and sliced marzipan, then carefully knead the dough. Now, wrap the dough in a tin foil and let it rest in the fridge for a few hours.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). Sprinkle the pastry board with flour, roll out the dough and cut out cookies with cookie cutters. Their shapes should be related to Christmas themes. Next, space cookies on the baking sheet, covered with baking paper and bake them for about 15 minutes. Then, take the sheet out of the oven and leave the cookies to rest until cold – hot cookies are very delicate and can be accidentally damaged.

Step 3

The cookies can be decorated in various possible ways: by using icing, special edible markers, fancy sugar balls – everything may come in handy. If the cookies are meant to be a gift, it would be good idea to put them in a nice packaging (self-made or shop-bought).