Christmas Biscuits for Dummies

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:

Advent, Advent,
ein Lichtlein brennt.
Erst eins, dann zwei,
dann drei, dann vier,
dann steht das Christkind vor der Tür.

Here’s a rough translation:

Advent, Advent,
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:

  1. Dark chocolate
  2. Lemon icing
  3. Colourful icing

The dark chocolate biscuits were my favourites but the ones with the colourful icing were the most fun to do :)

Merry Christmas!!!

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Christmas Biscuits
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
batches of ca. 15 biscuits
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
batches of ca. 15 biscuits
  1. Firstly, take a large bowl and mix flour and baking powder.
  2. Take another large bowl and add both eggs, sugar and butter. Mix well and slowly pour the flour into the bowl while mixing.
  3. Preheat the oven to 220°C
  4. Knead the dough. Take a rolling pin and carefully roll out some of the dough. Take some stencils and cut out the first batch of biscuits.
  5. Take a baking tray, add baking paper and place the biscuits-to-be on the tray.
  6. Bake each batch in the oven for 5 minutes until the edges turn brown. Don’t worry if they still feel a little soft, they will harden when they cool off. While the first batch is in the oven you can prepare the second one and so on.
Icing (Lemon & Colourful)
  1. Simply mix lemon juice and icing sugar together until you’ve got a thick paste. The brush the biscuits with the icing.
  2. For the colourful icing simply draw on the biscuits.
  1. Melt the baking chocolate according to the instructions on the package and brush the biscuits.
FInal steps
  1. Leave all biscuits standing for at least an hour until the icing/chocolate has hardened. They won’t go off anytime soon so enjoy and share the love :)
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