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Homebaked Christmas gifts

lemon and orange biscuits

chocolate biscuits

cookies as gifts

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!

Do you ever give homemade gifts?

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  • Vix 19 December 2011, 9:05 am

    Those biscuits look so professional despite the scary contraption! I’d be delighted to receive those.
    I do love giving or receiving a homemade present. I’ve made some fake fur collars and bags for friends this year. x
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  • jacqueline 19 December 2011, 11:30 am

    awwww, this reminds me of xmas with my parents when i was younger. my mum would always bake presents for all our family…I think we even had one of those cookie cutter things (and I DO remember them looks dodgy…haha!) anyway, everything looks delicious!!!
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  • SACRAMENTO 19 December 2011, 1:05 pm

    They look sooooooooooooo delicious, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    You are so clever, dear Franca.
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  • Kimberlee 19 December 2011, 6:38 pm

    OOhh yum!
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  • Vanessa 19 December 2011, 8:30 pm

    I love your packaging! The light blue ribbon is unexpected but looks lovely with the gold accents on the bag. And I adore baking too! (Mostly just the end result of eating and the first 5 minutes. I grin and bear the part in the middle!)

  • Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog 20 December 2011, 7:57 am

    I love making homemade gifts and I always think they mean so much more than the shop bought ones. They look really delicious and I am guessing they must be if Dave ate so many of them, definitely the best compliment you can get on your baking!

    I am determined to make some Christmas biscuits to take to my mums for Christmas, not sure how they will turn out though.

  • Dora 20 December 2011, 9:57 pm

    I love your Christmas cookies!
    I have made hair bows in the past for presents.

  • Clara 21 December 2011, 10:28 pm

    Oooh, those look lovely. This is the first year that I have had time to properly go for homemade gifts, and have really enjoyed it! Despite the fact that my kitchen has now taken on the appearance of Santa’s Grotto with all the cellophane bags and ribbons and rejected bits of baking that didn’t quite make the grade!
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  • Elle 23 December 2011, 12:52 am

    oo, these look pretty and delicious. I used to make a ton as a kid, and still do from time to time I also love have painting cards!
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  • Julia 30 December 2011, 1:40 pm

    I thought you should know that they were absolutely delicious and didn’t last very long when I got them home! Thank you 🙂