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It’s Beginning to Taste a Lot Like Christmas

‘Tis the season of Starbucks Red Cups, Christmas Carollers and new baking recipes. If you have been panicking about the extra mouths to feed over the Christmas period, and not boring your family with the same Trifle dessert, the panic is over! If you are feeling brave enough to experiment and bring a different taste to Christmas, look no further.

In this beautiful season, many of us are fortunate to experience winter festivals, fairs and markets. I had my first German Market experience a few years ago: carousels, ferris wheel, juicy bratwurst, home made hot chocolate, mulled wine and pretzels were just a handful of things that grasped my attention. One tasty treat that my taste buds will never forget were the delectable treats known as Schmalzkuchen. These little doughnuts, other wise known as Lard Cakes, are traditional treats eaten at German winter festivals. Served hot and smothered in melted chocolate, these are the perfect little treats to keep your guests happy.


Schmalzkuchen

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National Cookie Day

December is here. The skies are littered with Christmas lights and the scent of freshly chopped trees fill the market areas. While there are many beautiful and significant things about this season, there is no doubt that indulgence has become one of them!

I admit, I took some time in deciding which recipe would kick start the Christmas season, then I stumbled across three very profound words: National Cookie Day.  What better way to begin the Christmas season of cupcakingly delicious recipes!

Thanks to my new friend Pinterest  I learnt some interesting facts about the history of the cookie:

  1. The name cookie derives from the Dutch word koekje, which means little cake.
  2. Cookies are typically made of eggs, flour, sugar, butter or cooking oil. Common ingredients are raisins, chocolate chips or oats.
  3. Popular American cookies were traditionally Macaroons or Gingerbread Cookies.

With Christmas just on our doorsteps, what better recipe to share other than the Gingerbread Cookie.

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men