Happy Christmas Cookies

 
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My grandmother was an amazing baker, and even though in the short time that I knew her she only baked at Christmas time, there were telltale signs of a lifetime past spent baking.
There was the wood-fired clay oven that sat under a tarp next to her home, and then there were the stories…
My grandmother’s baking was just a part of Christmas as the church on the hill on Christmas morning.
The smell of freshly baked loaves of cakes and bread is like a nostalgic embrace, could this perhaps be the reason I’m hooked on baking?
Baking is a cathartic exercise for me, especially around Christmas when it bears more meaning.
The first cookies I baked for the season were these Italian wedding cookies; it has many other names – Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes or polvorones, I call them Happy Christmas cookies.

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Delicate, crumbly and rich, with a nutty buttery flavour, and dusted in powdered sugar, you can’t help but think of snow…
They’re truly perfect for the holidays, and smell divine while baking.
There are many variations to this cookie and perhaps why there are so many names for it. This version uses very few ingredients; ground almonds, butter, flour and powdered sugar.
Kept in an airtight container they’ll last for about a week, although they might not last that long… if you know what I mean ☺

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Posted December 22nd, 2011 in Food, Snack. Tagged: , , .
  • Amy

    Those look super yummy!  But is there anything I can substitute the almonds for, as I have an allergy to them!

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Yes, this recipe is very adaptable; you can use ground walnuts or pecans and it’ll work perfectly! :-)

  • http://www.sweetonveg.com/ Jennifer

    These look like they bring lots of happiness! :) Yum!

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Thanks! They do :-)

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