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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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Spiked Black Forest Milkshake

This Spiked Black Forest Milkshake has the classic taste of Black Forest Gateaux with chocolate, cherries and kirsch. It’s the perfect festive milkshake!

Spiked Black Forest Milkshake - This Spiked Black Forest Milkshake has the classic taste of Black Forest Gateaux with chocolate, cherries and kirsch. It's the perfect festive milkshake!

Happy Monday! It’s Day 8 of my Countdown to Christmas Recipes! And here’s a confession, I’m a little unorganised with this, tomorrow may or may not be the last recipe I post in this countdown to Christmas. I haven’t baked Day 10 yet and really it all depends on when I get them baked! So watch this space I get. If this is your first encounter with my Countdown to Christmas, it’s pretty simple, I have just been posting one festive recipe a day in the lead up to Christmas. 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 and Day 7 was Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow. And today I bring you this Spiked Black Forest Milkshake. 

Spiked Black Forest Milkshake - This Spiked Black Forest Milkshake has the classic taste of Black Forest Gateaux with chocolate, cherries and kirsch. It's the perfect festive milkshake!

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Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow

This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It’s the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

It’s now only four days until Christmas, I’m starting to feel very festive! If you’re not, this recipe could definitely get you there! It’s day 7 of my Countdown ’til Christmas recipes, 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 and Day 6 was Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies. Today I bring you Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies), now the Peppermint Puppy Chow I posted on Day 3 was seriously festive and yummy but this one is even better! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Chocolate Orange is one of my favourite, if not my ultimate favourite, flavour combinations. I can seriously eat an entire Terry’s Chocolate Orange in one sitting without even realising, it’s just too yummy! I knew I had to incorporate it into a festive bake, a puppy chow turned out to be a really good choice (even though it’s not actually baked). Then I just had to add some Christmas spices because they just lend themselves so well to the already festive flavours. This was a real winner and I think I’ll probably end up making it all year round! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

If you’ve not had it before, Puppy Chow is a seriously moreish snack made up of malt wheat cereal, chocolate and icing sugar- usually it’s chocolate with peanut butter but this is a great festive version! It’s probably obvious by now, but to be on the safe side – do not feed this to your dogs, despite the name it’s not suitable for dogs, in fact chocolate is toxic to dogs and depending on their size can make them very sick or even be fatal for them! 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

Now we’re in the final countdown to Christmas, how are you guys fairing in preparation? I’m sure some of you will put us all to shame and be completely organised and ready to go, but I’m also sure there’s many of us who are still rushing around trying to get things done! I’m actually pretty prepared for once – I’m waiting on a couple gifts to arrive in the mail and I need to go buy some Brandy for the mince pies but otherwise I’m pretty close to being ready to go! I’m really looking forward to Christmas as usual, I’m working on the day but it’s only for a couple hours in the morning so not too bad – and I have the whole day off the day after. What do you guys have planned for the day? If you’re not celebrating Christmas do you do anything special or do just enjoy a nice day off? 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow - This Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow is full of Christmas flavours and chocolatey goodness. It's the perfect addictive snack to serve throughout the festive season!

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Spiced Chocolate Orange Puppy Chow
A seriously addictive snack of malt wheat seriously, chocolate orange, christmas spices and icing sugar!
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Ingredients
  1. 500g malted wheat cereal (such as Shreddies or Chex Wheats)
  2. 1 1/2 Chocolate oranges (approx 280g)
  3. 180g icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  4. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate, I do mine in the microwave in 30 seconds blasts, stirring in between.
  2. Measure the cereal into a large bowl and add the melted chocolate, stir to coat cereal
  3. Pour coated cereal into a large container with a lid, add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Secure the lid and shake to cover the cereal in sugar
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the puppy chow out on it do set.
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container for maximum freshness
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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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