My own Scottish shortbread & gingerbread stars are certainly tasty but can look a bit boring in a huge cookie plate. By adding cookies with names that I am still learning to pronounce, all of a sudden the whole cookie plate looks a lot more interesting. The top snow white cookies with silver balls decoration is Pfeffernüsse. The shell like cookies next to Pfeffernüsse are Spekulatius. There is my personal favourite: Elisenlebkuchen (but I am still hopeless in saying that German name correctly =P). At the centre is my own creation of rolling Scottish shortbread little balls into match (green tea) powder and icing sugar. There is also very neat looking checker-board cookies. I even created those four tiny swirl pattern cookies with side trimming (did not waste a bit). That is a pretty impressive collection eh?
The following is gift set of six different kind of cookies:
- peppermint candy cane biscotti with chocolate drizzle
- Vanille Kipferl (yes more German name, you know the theme of my baking course ;-)
- marble cookies
- “BMW” style checker-board cookies
Finally as fun activity for my good friends’ kids. I made a stack of “Winnie the Pooh” gingerbread cookies for the little ones to decorate. I had a blast decorating with them. They probably enjoyed the 6 bowls of different type of candies lay out for decoration more than the actual decorating part. That is just the greatest Christmas memory that I will always cherish.
Instead of buying a gift card or another electronic gadgets for your friends, consider making them a batch of home made cookies. It is a lot of fun making and consuming =)