Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Snow and Snowflake Cookies!

It's been snowing and how!! Munich looks so beautiful covered by a blanket of snow. It's picture perfect.


Also, perfect weather to go out to the beautiful, colourful Christmas markets. Almost every neighborhood has its own Christmas market, some are small, some are big, but what is really common is the festive atmosphere. 



One can smell Christmas in the air. The local sweets, Christstollen (German fruit n nut cake), Lebkuchen (German ginger bread), Baumkuchen etc and not to forget the Ghühwein ( Mulled Wine) combined with berries, apples... A cup of Glühwein in the Christmas market to beat this very chilly weather is a treat.


This recipe is taken from a German Christmas baking book. It's called Schneeflöckchen literal translation in English is Snowflakes. I think this is the best time to bake these cookies. I can see the beautiful and soft snow flakes from my kitchen window and also in my kitchen Oven :-)



Ingredients

250 grams - unsalted butter at room temperature
100 grams - castor sugar
2 - vanilla beans, split and seeds scraped
120 grams - all purpose flour / weizenmehl 405
250 grams -
cornstarch / speisestärke
100 grams - castor sugar to sprinkle over the cookies


Method
  1. Beat the 100 grams of castor sugar, soft butter and vanilla seeds together into a fluffy paste.
  2. Add the cornstarch and the flour to the butter mixture and knead into a smooth dough. Divide the dough into 3 parts and form rolls with a 3cms diameter. Keep the rolls in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C and line a baking tray with a baking paper. 
  4. Take out the rolls from the refrigerator, cut each roll into 20 pieces, roll each piece into a ball and flatten it slightly and give a fork impression on the center of each cookie and place them on the lined baking tray, spaced well apart.
  5. Place the tray in the centre of the preheated oven and bake approx for 12-15 minutes. 
  6. Transfer the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely and then sprinkle the castor sugar over the cookies.
Makes - 60 cookies


Enjoy!

27 comments:

  1. Wow wow wow! Beautiful! Breathtaking cool pictures of Munich perfectly balanced by the warmth of your cookies! Thank you so much for sharing, Rachana :-)

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  2. Ah want to visit this winter wonderland...such great festive atmosphere. love the cookies recipe...perfect to bring in the cheer home.

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  3. Hi Rachana,after a long time...am doing fine, how are you doing?...all the pics are so beautiful...love your presentation as always,...too good & tempting cookies

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  4. Lovely pix of the xmas market ! lovely cookies too, so many recipes of cookies in the blogospher and they all look lovely, hard to pick !! yours look awesome

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  5. Buttery and delicious...these are some perfect holiday cookies!

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  6. Lovely cookies and loved the clicks of snow..beautiful..

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  7. Rachana, How are you? Yes I am missing the snowy chirstmas. Getting cold here. By the way snowflake cookies looks beautiful.

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  8. From your 2nd photo, i have lovely Christmas feel! Yesterday night my hubby just told me that he has a dream, he wants to bring us to celebrate a white Christmas in Germany (his head office is in Germany now) one day. I wish this day will come very soon..^_^
    This cookie look very festive and good!

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  9. I'd love to munch on those cookies! Awesome!

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  10. The cookies look so very good. The pictures make then even more tempting.
    We used to live in Munich too. Happy Christmas!

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  11. Yummy cookies .. They look tempting..

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  12. ils sont à croquer ces délicieux biscuits les photos sont jolies bravo
    bonne soirée

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  13. healthy and yummy cookies.great.....nice blog vth tasty recipes..
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  14. Beautiful clicks Rachana. . .Delicious

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  15. Sounds like you're having fun in Germany! These cookies look delicious!

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  16. I was in Germany many years ago for christmas time, and I still vividly remember how beautiful it was! Good to bring back those memories through your lens and the gorgeous looking cookies!

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  17. Such pretty pics of the snow and the cookies.... Very tempting indeed.

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