Christmas cookie baking number 2

December 4th


Today is all about the second Christmas cookie baking that 's taken place in our home this year.  In Norway we bake seven different varieties of cookies in the run up to Christmas.  The first bake can be found here:   Pepperkake   It's a wonderful tradition and each year I look forward to it very much.  Today's bake are similar to Pepperkake  with the omission of cardamom.  These are small bites and look different to traditional cookies making a great appearance on the plate.  Give them a try, I think you'll like them.
 
Peppernotter

You will need:

♥  1 cup of butter
♥  1 cup of densely packed brown sugar
♥  1 egg
♥  3 cups of plain flour
♥  1 tsp baking powder
♥  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
♥  1/2 tsp ground ginger
♥  1/2 tsp ground  cloves


Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Cream the butter and sugar together.




Stir in the egg.



Sift all other ingredients to make a stiff dough.







Pinch off handfuls of dough and roll into 1/2 inch sausage roll.  Cut each sausage into 1/2 inch pieces and then pinch either end to make a pointed oval shape, see photographs for clarity.



Place a blanched almond on top of each 'peppernotter'.  I ran out half way and had to use half pieces of walnut, it works just as well.  Place on a baking tray with greaseproof paper and bake for about 8 minutes or until just golden.



Cool on a wire rack before storing in an air tight container.





 ♥  Have you started any Christmas baking or cooking? 
 
Sharing my four other Christmas posts making it FIVE
Advent ideas
Christmas cookie 1
Scandinavian Christmas kitchen
although from last year, this post ties in well with the kitchen post above, thought you might like it...
Painting the house red
 I'm posting everyday in the lead up to Christmas trying to share my enthusiasm and sprinkle the joy your way, so today I am joining in with
Amy taking five minutes of my day to share with you my five posts. 

39 comments:

  1. Gorgeous post!
    These Christmas cookies do look very beautiful and I'm sure they taste lovely. I love your idea to post every day; Christmas is definitely worth every post.
    One tradition in our family is to bake the ginger biscuits on the 6th (it's our Independence Day, so it's always a holiday).
    Thank you for the lovely post and enjoy your Christmas preparations!

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    1. Love that you have a special day to bake, great tradition Sara

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  2. I can almost smell them baking! Lovely little cookies and excellent tutorial - thank you so much for the recipe. I have not started baking yet, but I am thinking about it! These would be good to start! Wishing you a lovely week in your fragrant kitchen. x Karen

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    1. Ooh Karen do let me know if you make them.

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  3. You are rolling right along with your December posts. No Christmas baking here yet.

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    1. I'm trying Tammy, although it is a time consuming activity on top of everything else, but I love it

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  4. They look lovely, I adore anything including almond x

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  5. Those cookies look delicious, yes I have started some baking as I have the start of a stream of visitors this weekend.

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    1. Must pop over to see what you are making enjoy your visitors x

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  6. Hi Selma sorry I didn't write sooner. I've so enjoyed reading your posts each day. The recipes are much appreciated. And I loved seeing your kitchen all decked out in magical Christmas dress. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. For sure I'm going to relay your message to my daughter, haha. Have a great weekend and I'm looking forward to reading your post again tomorrow. Hugs, Pat

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    1. Thanks Pat, this time of year is so busy isn't it. Can't wait to hear what her reaction was to the increased readership!!!

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  7. I just love cookies and biscuits with spices and particularly cinnamon. Thankyou for your lovely recipes...I will have to get busy. Barbara x

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  8. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I have started my baking and although my cookies are different than yours, we attend a Scandinavia Church dinner and bake sale each year and I buy new to me varieties to try. As a matter of fact, this is how I was introduced to cardamom, a spice I'd never used but will use it instead of nutmeg in my recipes now.
    I love this time of year when the scent of spices wafts throughout the house from cookies and cakes.

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    1. Cardamom is so traditional at this time of year in Scandinavia that nearly every recipe had it in! And if it doesn't people add it in anyway! It's great in yeast bakes too Judith

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  9. I had this rather ludicrous plan of losing a few pounds before Christmas ...haha you are sabotaging me completely you know ... (they look scrummy)

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  10. They do look good. I doubt one would be enough. X

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  11. Yummy! I am half Norwegian but I am only stirring up fudge today. I think we'll probably eat it all within a few days! What a pretty post! Happy 5 on Friday!

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    1. Ooh but stirring up fudge sounds like fun. I've not ever been brave enough I o it with all that heat and then I'd end up eating it all! Enjoy Pompom

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  12. Another wonderful biscuit! I really think that Scandinavian countries have the very best Christmas traditions. I love the red containers from your post from last year, I remember them and thought they were wonderful then! Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. I do feel blessed Amy growing up with these wonderful traditions and now passing them on

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  13. Those biscuits look delicious. I haven't done any Christmas baking yet, but planning some this weekend with my girls. I will definitely give them a try. My two friends from Czech Rep. have been baking a variety of biscuits madly all week, each family bakes their own special recipes in time for St Nicholas Day on Dec 5th. I love that you're keeping traditions alive, Selma and your touches of red everywhere have inspired me to do the same. xx

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    1. Hope you enjoy your baking this weekend Alison. I'll post another cookie one tomorrow. The Czeh tradition sounds great. I do love traditions and I'm so pleased to have inspired you with touches of red, thanks for letting me know. Warms my heart

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  14. They do look good, so simple but very effective. :-)

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    1. I think simple us underestimated. Simple is best

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  15. Christmas baking starts tomorrow, yours look delicious.

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    1. Ooh need to pop over and see what you are baking. Enjoy x

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  16. Gosh, these look lovely! They also look like they may be an ideal choice for a baking session with my son. Thank you for sharing. #fiveonfriday

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    2. They would be perfect to make with your son. It doesn't matter what shape they are just that you enjoy yourselves

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  17. Mmm...I can smell those devine spices form here! Delish!

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    1. Bronwyn they really are the house U.S. Smelling wonderful. Don't you just love this time of year

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  18. These cookies look delicious. I usually make about 5 different kinds of Christmas cookies. Cookies for Christmas is a tradition in Switzerland, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe. x

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    1. Ooh Christina that's great to know so the Swiss bake 5. Same 5 each year or do you mix it up a bit each year? So interesting. Thanks for letting me know

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