I love Christmas and I love baking, and I’ve made a batch of biscuits each weekend in December. I usually make traditional German recipes (my favourites are Vanillekipferl and Zimtsterne) but this year, I’ve been playing with our new cookie press we got as a wedding present. It’s this quite dodgy looking contraption – sort of gynecological looking, isn’t it (sorry, but it’s true!). It’s pretty cool though and less effort than rolling out dough and using cookie cutters. I’ve made three flavours so far, chocolate, lemon and orange (my fave), and vanilla and cardamom.
The first two batches I had intended to take into work, but by Sunday night Dave and I had munched so many of them that there wasn’t really enough left. But for the last batch I was determined to set some aside, and so I immediately packaged them off into these lovely cellophane bags with stars on I got from a local decorating shop for 35p each, and used satin bands we had stored away from gifts we’d been given in the past. Such a simple thing, but I think they make great wee stocking filler type gifts. Thrifty and personal!