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German Cinnamon Stars (with a Georgia Twist)

German Cinnamon Stars are a classic German Christmas cookie, these delicious meringue cookies have been given a Georgia twist and are made with toasted pecans! Chewy, delicious and totally festive!

German Cinnamon Stars are a classic German Christmas cookie, these delicious meringue cookies have been given a Georgia twist and are made with toasted pecans! Chewy, delicious and totally festive!

Merry Christmas Everybody!! It’s finally almost here, Santa is coming tonight yay! I’m bringing you a gift myself today and it’s Day 10 of my Countdown to Christmas recipes, in the lead up to Christmas I have been posting a festive recipe every day – Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 was Peppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies, Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake, Day 6 was Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies, Day 7 was Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow, Day 8 was a Spiked Black Forest Milkshake and Day 9 was Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies. My final festive recipe of the year are these ridiculously delicious German Cinnamon Stars.

German Cinnamon Stars are a classic German Christmas cookie, these delicious meringue cookies have been given a Georgia twist and are made with toasted pecans! Chewy, delicious and totally festive!

The yummy little cookies are traditionally made with almond flour and I first heard about them from Ginger and Ginger and Bread and I pretty much fell in love with them, I knew I had to make them soon. I made mine with pecans instead of almonds though because man, I just love pecans and I couldn’t pass up that opportunity! Plus, I’m spending the holidays in Georgia so it only makes sense to use pecans, right?! I swear I don’t purposefully just stomp all over baking traditions, I just can’t help but put my own stamp on them! I will make them with almond flour one day though, because these are too yummy not to make again and again, all year round!

German Cinnamon Stars are a classic German Christmas cookie, these delicious meringue cookies have been given a Georgia twist and are made with toasted pecans! Chewy, delicious and totally festive!

These are kind of like Germany’s answer to France’s macarons (I have no idea which one came first, so maybe it’s the other way around!) – they’re made basically with meringue and almond flour (or pecan flour, in my case), just like a macaron. These go much heavier on the nuts though so they’re much more robust and definitely feel way more German – none of that delicate French nonsense (disclaimer: I love French patisserie, no offense meant haha) just good ol’ fashioned deliciousness in a nice, chewy cookie that could hold it’s own in a fight!

German Cinnamon Stars are a classic German Christmas cookie, these delicious meringue cookies have been given a Georgia twist and are made with toasted pecans! Chewy, delicious and totally festive!

I read quite a few recipes for these in preparation to make them and most of them mentioned they were a pain in the butt to make, so when mine came together really easily I was sure I had messed them up somehow! I guess I was just lucky though because they came out beautifully, I really can’t say enough good things about these cookies – they’re so much flavour and such a gorgeous texture for only a few ingredients, it makes me stop and appreciate the art of baking even more than usual! It’s crazy though isn’t it? How you can put just a few ingredients together in the right way and you come back with something so delicious? 

I did have one little problem with these is and that is I rolled a few of them out a little too thin so they over baked a tad, so a couple of them don’t have that gorgeous chewy centre. But it’s okay, I have enough of the thick, chewy ones to go around and keep everybody happy! 

German Cinnamon Stars are a classic German Christmas cookie, these delicious meringue cookies have been given a Georgia twist and are made with toasted pecans! Chewy, delicious and totally festive!

I know I said these came together pretty easily for me, but they do take a bit of prep. The night before I toasted the pecans to bring out their wonderful flavour, I like to do mine on the stove top so I can keep a close eye on them. I left them to cool over night and then threw them in a food processor to blitz them into flour, I did it in two batches with a 1/2 cup of icing sugar in each to help stop it clumping together and starting to turn into butter. You can process them as fine as you dare, mine was a little coarse as it started to clump a little but I really liked that texture. Once that’s done you just have to whip up the egg whites, add the sugar and whip until you have a nice stiff and glossy meringue. Then add your nut flour and mix it all up. Once your dough has chilled in the fridge for about an hour, you roll it out and cut out stars. Then top with some meringue and bake! Even after it’s chilled the dough is pretty sticky and can be quite hard to work with, it’s best to roll it out between two sheets of parchment. I didn’t have too much trouble with mine that way. This is not a cheap cookie to make either, I used a 1lb of pecans in one batch and pecans are not cheap (lucky for me, Leah’s mum bought me a 2lb bag from Costco) – you will get about 50 amazing cookies out of it though! 

German Cinnamon Stars are a classic German Christmas cookie, these delicious meringue cookies have been given a Georgia twist and are made with toasted pecans! Chewy, delicious and totally festive!

 

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Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies

These Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies are the perfect treat for the holiday season. Soft, chewy and full of Christmas Spice. This Christmas take on pudding cookies make for a whole lot of yum and festive spirit!

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

Well hello there!! It’s day 9 of my Countdown to Christmas recipes, we’re almost there!! In the lead up to Christmas, I’ve been posted a festive recipe every day – Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 wasPeppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies, Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake, Day 6 was Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies, Day 7 was Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow and Day 8 was a Spiked Black Forest Milkshake. And today I have Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies for you.

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

Pudding cookies are my absolute favourite type of cookie, the added instant pudding mix makes them so soft and chewy and delicious, everything I want in a cookie! I hadn’t planned to make these cookies but then I was at the grocery store and came across these pumpkin spice chips and had to buy them! I wasn’t sure what I’d make of them but they were actually really tasty so naturally I put them in some cookies. I used my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and added the pumpkin spice chips and a little cinnamon to the dough too. I also put some pecans in there to add to the festive taste!

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

 

 

I took the photos for these cookies with my fancy new camera, I’ve not quite got the hang of it yet but I did enjoy taking these photos and I’m mostly happy with how they came out, the scenery definitely helped – I love taking photos out here, it’s so pretty! I definitely need to get myself a little tripod, I do not have a steady enough hand for this camera! I think that’ll be my new year treat to myself next month! Anything else you’d recommend I get to help me out? I currently only have a 18-55mm lens with it, I’ll definitely look into getting a macro lens eventually but I’m going to have to save up for that! 

Christmas Spiced Pudding Cookies - Soft, pudding cookies full of chocolate chips and festive Christmas spice!

 

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Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies

These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They’re the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa! 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

These buttery, melt in your mouth Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies with Cinnamon & Clementine are the perfect Christmas cookies - Christmas tree and gingerbread men shaped cookies on snow with christmas baubles, square cropped

If you want your shortbread Gluten Free – check out my cut out GF Shortbread Cookies!

It’s already day six of my Countdown ’til Christmas, Santa is going to be here before we know it! So today I bring you these yummy frosted shortbread Christmas cookies – perfect to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. For Countdown ’til Christmas I’ve been posting a festive recipe a day up until Christmas Eve. Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 was Peppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies and Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake.

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

Do you have many Christmas traditions with your family? My traditions these days involve splitting my Christmases between the UK and the US, which is nice but it’s always sad to be away from people you care about at Christmas which I inevitably am! Leaving cookies out for Santa is a simple tradition, but I think it’s one a lot of people like to do with their kids. And of course you can’t forget about the glass of milk to wash these Frosted Shortbread Cookies down with and some carrots for the hard working reindeer – who, fun fact, are actually all female if the countless drawings, displays, movies and stories are to be believed! Female reindeer keep their antlers during the winter but males shed them. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

As well as the fun of leaving a little gift for Santa and his reindeer, actually making these Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies with your kids can be a lot of fun and a great tradition to pass down. And these cookies are great for that, because they’re nice and easy to make and can be decorate however you like! I kept it simple with festive coloured frostings and sprinkles, but the possibilities are endless! You can even add some festive flavours, like cinnamon or orange. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

They’re so yummy too, so saving some for Santa might require hiding a couple away until everybody is going to bed! You, of course, then get to do the fun part of pretending to be Santa and eating up the cookies! One of the perks of being a parent, I’m sure! Not that I’m saying Santa isn’t real…. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

Of course, you don’t have to share these Frosted Shortbread Cookies with Santa! You can make them for your family, for your Christmas party or to give as gifts (I would only give these ones as gifts that you can hand deliver, they won’t ship well). This is my first time making frosted cookies and I’m definitely a convert, shortbread is my favourite type of cookie hands down and I didn’t think they needed anything else, they shine on their own! But I decided to frost them to make them more festive looking and I’m glad they did, while they still shine beautifully on their own the frosting is just a yummy addition! 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

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Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies
Yields 16
Yummy, buttery shortbread cookies with buttercream frosting and festive sprinkles! Santa will love them!
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For the shortbread
  1. 250g unsalted butter, softened but not melted
  2. 60g Icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  3. 300g plain flour (all purpose flour)
  4. 50g cornflour (cornstarch)
For the buttercream
  1. 100g unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 200g icing sugar
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  4. Red and green food colourings, preferably gel colourings
  5. Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Put all the shortbread ingredients in a bowl and beat together until all combined and smooth. You may need to use your hands to gently need it into a dough towards to end.
  2. Roll the dough into a large ball and flatten into a thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  3. Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll out the dough until about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out cookies with a round cookie cutter, use whatever size you want your cookies they won't spread. Obviously the smaller the cookies the more you'll get and vice versa
  5. Transfer cookies to the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are light golden brown and the cookies are set to touch.
  6. Cool on tray for 5 minutes and then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies are very delicate when warm, so be careful not to break them.
  7. To make the frosting, add the butter, sugar and vanilla to a bowl and beat together. If using an electric or stand mixer, start off on a slow speed so your kitchen doesn't end up covered in a fine layer of icing sugar! Beat until combined, then increase speed and beat until light and fluffy.
  8. Separate the frosting into three bowls. Add green dye to one bowl and red to another, leaving the last bowl white. Gel food dye is best for this as you'll need to use much less dye, add a little at a time until you have your desired colour.
  9. Spread the frosting on the cooled cookies using an offset spatula or the back side of a spoon. The cookies are much more sturdy once they're cooled, but they're still pretty delicate so use a gentle hand.
  10. Add sprinkles and any other desired decorations
Notes
  1. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days
  2. Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon to the shortbread mixture for a festive kick
  3. This recipe yielded 16 cookies for me, but how many you get will depend on how thick you roll the dough and how big your cookie cutters are.
  4. Recipe is easily doubled.
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Viennese Whirls

Viennese Whirls

When the lovely Jhuls over at The Not So Creative Cook (don’t let the name fool you, she has lots of amazing, creative recipes) said she needed some guest posts for her blog while she was away, I jumped at the chance. Jhuls is one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” and her blog is great, frankly I’m honoured to be featured on there

Viennese Whirls

I knew I had to bring my baking A-game for her, so I decided to make one of my favourite ever treats. Viennese Whirls are great because they’re actually really easy to make but they’re delicate and tasty enough to be featured in a fancy French bakery, or just really impress your friends and family. Out of all the many things I have baked, these are my mum’s favourites. When I told her I would be making these again she was very distraught as she’s on a diet and has been doing really well! She couldn’t resist though and had one (or two!), I almost feel guilty haha!

Viennese Whirls

 

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Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

It’s no secret that I love pudding cookies, so when I was deciding what to bake to take to my work’s away day – pudding cookies were at the top of my list. I just love how soft and flavourful they are, it’s the perfect kind of cookie. And they’re so versatile, you can do pretty much whatever you like with them. I work from home and although I’ve worked for this company for over a year, I had never met any of my colleagues in person before this away day. They always get mad at me for posting photos of the things I bake when they can’t try any, so I knew I had to come out with guns blazing for them! I’d recently returned from my trip to Atlanta armed with many boxes of instant pudding and one of the flavours I had was butterscotch, I also had some butterscotch chips. I adore butterscotch and I decided this could make an amazing cookie flavour – I was not wrong. 

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

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