So it’s a rather slow and uneventful Sunday due to bad weather and the fact that it’s Sunday. I love such days and it seems like forever since I’ve had my last slow Sunday. Spending all day inside without a bad conscience, watching movies, eating bad things and maybe playing some old school Playstation games (remember Spyro the Dragon?) kind of reloads my tanks and prepares me for the week ahead.
And it’s St. Nicholas Day! Did you prepare your shoes for apples, nuts, candy and small presents? I am not even sure if it’s celebrated in the US (and outside Europe), but in Germany we use to clean a pair of shoes the evening before and put them out, waiting for them to be filled the next morning. I think it’s a wonderful tradition for children, and I keep doing it until today.
I actually have been smart enough to have prepared today’s treat ahead last weekend when I was in full baking mode at my parents’ place. So I basically just needed to give it one last finishing touch and was done with it. Believe me, taking a break from crafting can be wonderful as well!
You need (for the cookies):
- 250 g of butter
- 200 g of sugar
- 1 package of vanilla sugar
- 350 g of flour
- 50 g of starch
- Chocolate couverture
- Baking paper
- White yarn
- Christmas-patterned gift wrap
Prepare the baking sheet with some baking paper. In a large bowl mix everything together and first stir it with the dough hooks of a mixer and then with your hands until you have an even mixture. Let the dough sit for at least two hours in the fridge, you can even prepare it the day before.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin (works best if you use my method from the Spitzbuben biscuits!) until it’s about 2mm thin. Now you either take a real teabag as template and go around it with a knife or you make the cookies freehand!
Carefully place the cookies on the baking paper with a palette knife and make small holes on the top with a toothpick (for the yarn).
You normally get about three sheets out of this amount of dough. Bake everything at 130-150°C for 25-35 minutes, then let the cookies cool. To decorate the cookies with chocolate, melt some couverture in a double boiler or the microwave. Stick in the cookies until they are one third covered in chocolate and place them on the baking sheet again to dry.
Cut off a piece of yarn and thread it through the hole in the cookie, make a knot. Cut two identical stars or ‘normal’ tea tag shapes out of the patterned gift wrap (maybe use a template) and glue them together with the end of the yarn between them.
The cookies were actually a byproduct of the Spritz biscuits (you may have noticed that the dough is the same), but I thought it would be a fun company for my upcoming project. Hint! It has something to do with tea…But they are amazing on their own as well!