Are you getting ready for my favorite time of Year? I've had a great couple of days spending time in my kitchen and baking my favorite Christmas cookies.
First on the list were my Egyptian petit fours. I tweeked the recipe a bit and made them in single cookies without any filling. And, I just had to add some green Christmas trees. Every year my Danish grandma would make "spritz" cookies in the shape of green Christmas trees. I have kept the same tradition for my family. If you want the recipe, you can find it here on my blog from a few years ago. Remember, the key to this recipe is using clarified butter and powdered sugar which gives this cookie it's unique texture :)
Another popular Egyptian holiday cookie is Uraybee* or Ghorayebah* or as it's known in turkey, Kurabiyesi. I bought this mix in Turkey and brought it home with me. Luckily, it had only two ingredients I had to "translate" and again I used clarified butter and oil. (My oil looks green because it's grapeseed oil!) The cookies came out perfect! I'm sold on this cookie mix and plan to buy it again. Kurabiyesi is a rich, buttery, shortbread type cookie with a very fine texture. My favorite - yum!
Now, we're going to head back to Denmark and here's my pebernodder (peppernuts) that I made this year. Again, this is one of my Grandma's recipes and I just had to make them since my brother will be joining us for the holidays and he loves these as much as I do! You can find the recipe here from a previous blog post. Remember, you need to prepare the dough the night before so that it can ripen the wonderful, spicy flavor. I love to pop them in my mouth, savor the flavor a minute or two before I bite into this delicious crunchiness.
Today I made my Danish Kleiner. It seems that every culture has their own favorite fried cookie and this is our family's tradition from Denmark. Again, it's my Grandma's recipe that I treasure. Hopefully, I can pass this onto my little granddaughter so that she can make them one day. They will be put away in an air tight tin and wait the arrival of my son since this is his favorite cookie.
Four down and one more cookie to make. Tomorrow I hope to make some plain, old, much loved, chocolate chip cookies but with a twist using Nestle's Holiday Baking Chips. Don't you just love how colorful these are? I'm using my dear friend Elizabeth's recipe which you can find here.
What are you baking? If you would like to share, please feel free in the comments below. That's about all that is happening here at Lilly My Cat. I hope to share another post soon.
Blessings to everyone,
PS *the Arabic language can be hard sometimes to translate into the Latin alphabet since there is no standardized translation. But, you can google this cookie and see what you come up with since it's a popular cookie for all the countries in the Middle East.