There you are, searching for a way to entertain your kiddies, with two days to go until Christmas, or no Christmas celebrations but holidays anyway...Well, I've written this one especially for you!
Start by clicking on the link. It's worth it! Lovely animation!
What do I have to offer you?
An easy-peasy Dutch recipe for Christmas/Holiday cookies, which you can bake together with your kids, or on your own if you prefer.
My (almost grown-up) kids have tried them and pronounced them very good. So... What's keeping you?
|Dutch Coffee Kisses (koffiekusjes)|
What do you need?
375 grams of flour (I've used the kind which has added yeast)
150 grams real butter (I've used the organic kind, produced by happy Dutch cows)
125 grams fine sugar (I've used the organic brown kind, hopefully produced by happy fair-trade growers)
1 large brown egg (happy chickens!!!)
1-2 spoons of ice water (table spoon, not a small spoon!)
1 spoon of instant coffee (ditto)
cookie cutters, or a sharp knife
Decorations are optional. I've used ready-made sugar paste from the supermarket. But you can also make your own, by dribbling molten chocolate on, or icing sugar.
Sift the flour into a large bowl. Cut up the (cold!) butter into small cubes. Put in with the flour and mix in using your finger tips. Keep this up until the flour has the thickness of bread crumbs (this takes a while; builds up your arm muscles!) Then mix the sugar, coffee and egg all together in a separate bowl. Add the ice water and chuck it all in with the flour.
Next, mix the flour carefully with a knife (why a knife? beats me! this was passed on by my Gran). Knead well until you have a smooth dough.
Now, put the dough onto a large sheet of baking paper. Put a second sheet on top. Use a rolling pin, or wine bottle, and roll out your dough until it is approx. 5 mm thick.
Next, cut out your cookies.
Put them onto a baking tray (use a fresh sheet of baking paper!)and bake them for 10 minutes in the oven (middle tray) or until golden brown.
|The baked ones (first batch)|
If you, like me, have carefully used up all your dough (waste not want not), you'll find you need to bake them in two batches. Let them cool off first before decorating!