We're counting down the days of advent with 24 days of cosiness at Biscuit. Over on Instagram Amanda has been sharing a 'cosy in for Christmas' post everyday day in December and on the 2nd she shared this beautiful image of a wonderful homemade cookie recipe....
The recipe came from the gorgeous 'Advent' book by Kerstin Neihoff and Laura Fleiter. A book filled with recipes and crafts for the countdown to Christmas. The pair like to embrace Winter and see it as a time to stop and take a deep nurturing breath.
"Winter may look dreary at first sight, but when you look closer, it's actually nature taking a rest in a deep and peaceful sleep. It's as if nature is taking time to recover from the months and months of busy, long days."
"Winter is the time when we love to stay warm indoors with a comfy blanket around our shoulders and a mug of hot chocolate between our palms."
Amanda and daughter Clemmie baked the Double Chocolate cookies from page 64 of the book and used sweet jumper shaped cookie cutters.. it was a challenge to decorate without a piping bag!
- 100g cold butter
- 100g sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 cup spelt flour (we used plain)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees
- Dice the butter and place into a mixer with a dough hook, add the sugar, vanilla, flour, baking powder, cocoa, almond and eggs in and combine quickly to make a smooth dough.
- Roll out the dough to 5mm thickness on a lightly floured surface and cut into your favourite shapes.
- Bake for 12 minutes and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Decorate with melted white chocolate or icing and enjoy with a cup of tea.