Christmas is one of the most wonderful and of course delicious times of the year & always connected to my Granny’s Gingerbread Cookies – it was definitely one of my personal highlights when she baked them for me.
I love Christmas for so many reasons – one is of course is making Christmas a magic time for my girl Eve, decorating the house with a lot of sparkling ornaments, creating some of our own, baking, spending quality time with family and friends and indulging in some of our favorite foods.
After my grandmother died in December 2008 I thought her wonderful and delightful gingerbread recipe was lost because no one could find it. This year I started calling everyone she knew and her sister had it – yeah!!! (Sometimes the solutions are closer than you think!) I am so grateful that my granny always took care of me and gave me soo much unconditional love. Today when I think of her I get a little sentimental because I would love her to spend Christmas with us and get to know my little princess Eve. Somehow I believe she is still here and watching over us. Her name was Frieda and she was the most good-natured and generous person I’ve ever known & no matter what she always believed in me and supported me and the things I did. I will always love and miss you Granny! ❤
These cookies are probably not the ones you know or can buy at any corner – they are a little crunchy if you don’t put a slice of apple in your cookie box. I love the extra bite ❤ and with every bite wonderful memories start becoming alive again!
A couple of months ago I started a new way to look at my life: I started focusing and appreciating the things I have and I got a new perspective to look at the world – I am more satisfied. So my intent for the new year ahead: Continuing to focus and being grateful for the things I have – and there are so many things I can be grateful and proud of. Maybe you should also try this? Believe me it’s worth it!
I’ll sign off till 2016 by wishing you the happiest of times in the weeks ahead – whatever you’re doing!
*** LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS ***
*** MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR ***
- 125g Thea, softened (margarine consisting of vegetable oils and fats)
- 300g cane sugar
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 2 eggs
- 400g flour – thereof 200g plain flour and 200g grippy whole wheat flour
- 1,5 Tablespoons gingerbread spice
- 1,5 Tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
- 100g hazelnuts, grated
- peeled almonds for decoration
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Add all ingredients in a big bowl despite the hazelnuts and start kneading, using your hands, to combine to a dough. At the beginning it might seem a little hard to combine – but good things take their time.
- Then add the hazelnuts and knead them in the dough.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for about half an hour.
- Remove the dough form the fridge and knead on a well floured work surface until just soft.
- Roll out to 1/2cm thick and start cutting using a cookie cutter – then add the peeled almonds in the middle. My grandmother always used the round cutters and I’ll continue with this tradition.
- Place a greasproof paper on a large baking tray and put the cookies on top – bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Continue this procedure till the dough is finished.
- Leave the biscuits to cool complete on the greaseproof paper and then put them in a cookie jar – adding a slice of an apple so they stay soft!