Just over a week ago I was reminding you about the World Baking Day, and was revealing our plans of baking some traditional Czech Christmas cookies, called “vanilla crescents”, for daddy.
They are very special to our family, and we only bake them at Christmas, but as daddy and the girls love them so much, I thought we could make a little exemption and bake them on the actual day and treat daddy for all his hard work he does and to remind him how much we love him.
They are very easy to make, and you will love them. I can guarantee you, once you bake them, from that day you will always be making them as they are irresistible!
I used to love baking and do loads before our second born daughter arrived. One of the reasons was that Isabelle loves doing so too, and that was our special time together. It took me a while before I got used to all the mess she was making, and have to admit I was always a bit more stressed about the mess than I should have, but that is just me.
At the end we really enjoyed it, and I have decided we have to do more as it isn’t fair on my older daughter not to bake because mummy needs to look after her little sister.
Both girls were great helpers and we had an amazing time baking together!
Traditional Czech Xmas Cookies “Vanilla CrescentsÃ‚Â”
You will need:
240g plain flour
200gÃ‚Â butter (at room temperature)
120g icing sugar
110g ground almonds/walnuts
1 vanilla sugar sachet
- Put the flour, butter, 70g of icing sugar and ground almonds/walnuts in a large bowl and mix well into a dough.
- As the dough is very soft, you need to leave it (covered in some cling film) in the fridge for 1.5hours to rest.
- Preheat the oven ( 150 Degrees Celsius) and use your hands to make crescent shapes out of the dough.
- Place some baking paper on a baking tray and put the crescent shapes on it, leaving some space in between them.
- Bake them slowly for about 10- 15 minutes.
- Mix the rest of the icing sugar and the vanilla sugar in a large bowl.
- Put the hot crescents into the mixture and coat well in the sugar. They need to be hot otherwise the sugar will not stay on them.
- Leave them to cool down on a separate plate or tray.
My special tip!
Vanilla crescents should be stored in a box in a cool place/fridge for a few days before consumption!
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