Here we are in week eleven of the 12 Cookies of Christmas, and I decided to try a cookie that reminded me of the days I was stationed Germany with the Army. If you have never been to the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, it is truly a magical place, and has been a model for Christmas markets all around the world.
My Mom’s Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook describes the cookies as “Round, light-colored honey cakes from the famed City of Toys”
Stir the following together: 1 cup honey, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Sift together and stir in: 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. cloves, 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg.
Chill dough overnight. Roll small amount at a time, keeping rest chilled. Roll out 1/4″ thick. Cut into 2″ rounds. Place on greased baking sheet. Press in blanched almond halves around the edge like flower petals of a daisy. Bake at 400 degree F oven for 8 minutes or just until set. Immediately brush with Glazing Icing (recipe below). Remove from baking sheet. Cool, and store in an airtight container for a few days to mellow.
Boil together 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until the first indication of a thread appears (230 degree F). Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar and brush hot icing thinly over the cookies.
Please note these were not the easiest cookies to make nor did the children like them. “Mommy, they are too spicy” were the comments from my two girls.
As for our taste testing, here are the updated rankings:
First Place: Chocolate Chip Bars
Second Place: Chocolate Spritz (see a trend here?)
Third Place: Thumbprint Cookies
Fourth Place: Russian Tea Cakes
Fifth Place: Peanut Butter Cookies (this would be ranked higher, but two of the children do not like peanut butter)
Sixth Place: Decorated & Iced Butter Cookies
Seventh Place: Finska Kakor (Finnish Almond Cookies)
Eighth Place: Pumpkin Cut-Outs
Ninth Place: Gingerbread Men, but these were my favorite!
Tenth Place: Scotch Shortbreads, but a favorite with the over 10 crowd. Great with coffee!
Eleventh Place: Nurnberger, too spicy, Mommy!
Please hop on over to my friend, Bridget’s site, the Ivey League where she is hosting the 12 Crafts of Christmas. This week she is featuring edible goodies. Yum, yum!