Ice Crystal Cookies – German Christmas Cookie

Ice Crystal Cookies

Christmas in Germany comes with delicious cookies and cakes. Here is a Christmas cookie recipe that is imitating snow flakes, the Ice crystal cookies. The cookies are shaped like ice crystals or snow flakes. These cookies will be the center piece of attraction on your Christmas table.  Happy Baking!

Ingredients Ice Crystal Cookies

50 g white chocolate
170g soft butter
1 package vanilla sugar (Dr. Oetker)- 0.3oz – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
1 egg medium size
1 Bitter almond baking oil from Dr Oetker (or similar flavor baking oil)
170 g flour
30 g starch (preferably Gustin from Dr Oetker)
40 g unsweetened grated coconut
powdered sugar
1 tbsp water and some silver pearls

Baking Instructions Ice Crystal Cookies

– Melt chocolate in doubler-boiler.
– Mix with soft butter by using a mixer until smooth.
– Pour in the sugar, vanilla sugar and the almond baking oil, mix well until you get a smooth dough.
– Mix in the egg and, with the mixer on high level, mix for about 30 seconds.
– Add flour and starch by using a flour sifter, then mix on low level briefly.
– Take 1 tbsp coconut aside, add remaining coconut to the dough.
– Fill the dough in smaller portions into a decorating bag with a star tip.
– Grease a baking tray or use parchment paper (still add some butter onto the surface so the cookies will not stick), and make ice crystals directly onto the tray.
– Sprinkle with coconut.
– Bake them in pre-heated oven on 180 degrees C or 356 F for about 12 minutes.
– Place baked cookies on a cooling rack. Combine water with powdered sugar and use it to make the silver pearls stick on the cookies.

Halloween Recipes: Green Punch

halloween recipes
Germany has come up with some great Halloween recipes. Since many hears Halloween is celebrated in Germany the same way like in the USA. For your Halloween party you need great beverages that are scary looking. This is such a recipe.
Invite all the ghosts and gargoyles and serve them the green-ghostly looking punch. It is non-alcoholic. Include some snakes and spiders so they have something to chew! Make sure they drink it.
brown or raw sugar
1 lemon
1 l orange juice
200ml pineapple juice
crushed ice
blue eatable color or sirup (plum or blueberry)
1 can pineapple
1 can mandarins
1 can cherries
gummy spiders or snakes

Cooking Instruction
– add sugar into the bowl until the bottom is covered.
– squeeze the lemon.
– mix orange, pine apple and lemon juice with crushed ice in a shaker.
– if you are using eatable color mix it in now.
– Mix everything thoroughly until foamy then add it into the punch bowl.
– it should be ghostly greenish now!
– now add the fruit (without the liquid, rinse it) – if you are using sirup (alcohol would be Blue Curacao) add it when everything is in the punch bowl. You can create an awesome effect when you stir carefully after some time and the green color will rise to the top.
– hang around the edge of the punch bowl some gummy snakes or spiders. When they are in contact with the punch they will increase the size.

Happy Halloween!