07 December 2010

this time of the year - part seven

What would a year be without the annual cookie craze? Not the same, I swear. So this year, we had a plain lineup of beloved classics, as we didn't really want to go all crazy on this.

But have a look:

First, the Pfefferkuchen, which turned out really, really good this year. One more iteration and I'll be ready to post an updated, much refined recipe here.

Second, plain 'black-and-white' cookies. Hardly noteworthy but for the admittedly pretty pattern that (accidentally) came up this year.

Third, coconut macarons. Not to be confused with the fickle french ones. These are slightly homely, crisp on the outside, chewy inside, easy to make and plain delicious.

Fourth - butter cookies. Like the french sablés, just a little more butter an sugar. These were gone so fast that I had to make another double batch right the following weekend.

The second batch of butter cookies, above. I didn't really have the mind to bother with different cookie shapes, so I just made those I like best and were easiest to handle. And they look pretty on the cooling rack, don't they?

And of course, last but not least, the Stollen. Very aromatic and moist this year, but oddly enough, the thick layer of icing sugar doesn't want to stick to the loaf properly. But that's not a real flaw, it only makes for rather messy eating.

Anyway, if the holidays pass as smoothly as the preparations so far, it'll be a lovely Christmas this year.


Anonymous said...

Those black-and-white cookies are GORGEOUS! How is that an accidental pattern? Also, give me a coconut macaroon any day over an overhyped French one. :) Happy holidays!

Reuben Morningchilde said...

Camille - I merely stacked the chocolate and vanilla layers on top of each other for the black-and-white cookies. But somehow, during my improvised 'millefiori' technique, the block of dough started twisting, and I think that's what made the pattern fan out like this. Accidental, but beautiful.
Thanks so much for the comment, and happy holidays to you and your loved ones, too!