Only one week to go until Christmas! In fact, today is the fourth Sunday in Advent. In Germany, most people get an Advent wreath sometime in November or early December. Every Sunday in Advent (the four Sundays leading up to Christmas) we light one more candle until the fourth Sunday in Advent, when all four candles are lit. We also have a nursery rhyme to go with it:
ein Lichtlein brennt.
Erst eins, dann zwei,
dann drei, dann vier,
dann steht das Christkind vor der Tür.
Here’s a rough translation:
a candle is lit
first one, then two
then the child of Christ is at the door.
Plätzchen – Christmas Biscuits
One of the reasons I love Sundays in Advent is Plätzchen, which is the German word for Christmas biscuits. I think the fact that we have a term specifically for biscuits for Christmas shows how popular they are. Christmas biscuits come in all shapes, forms and flavours. To a lot of people baking biscuits with their parents, children or friends is a tradition in itself. My mum and I used to bake together every year. Neither of us is particularly gifted at baking but the first batch of Christmas biscuits always felt like the “launch” of the Christmas season, even if some of the biscuits were slightly darker than anticipated.
I’m still not very good at baking but that doesn’t mean I can’t have Christmas biscuits! This recipe is perfect for everyone that likes the idea of baking but doesn’t want to shoot for the stars (though some of them are actually star-shaped so this is a really bad metaphor …:P). There’s isn’t much that can go wrong here. Moreover, this recipe leaves lots of room for creativity because it’s all about the toppings!
I chose to do three different kinds of Christmas biscuit toppings:
- Dark chocolate
- Lemon icing
- Colourful icing
The dark chocolate biscuits were my favourites but the ones with the colourful icing were the most fun to do :)