Getting into Christmas mood...

Happy 3rd Advent to all of you. Christmas is around the corner and soon, very soon we all are going to spend some lovely time with our families, exchanging presents and eating lots of delicious food. And till then we are going to spoil ourselves with some delicious treats such as homemade Christmas cookies & co. Something my boys and I are looking forward too during the whole year. There is something special about Christmas cookies baking, for me it is the best way to get into the Christmas mood. The smell, the taste of all the exotic spices is just unbeatable and you will fall into the Christmas trap all over again..

Today some easy recipes for cookies and mini cakes filled with Christmas, so you can get easier into the Christmas mood....if you are not there yet.
Mini rum cakes with raspberries
  • 2 large eggs
  • 140 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 140 g butter (softened)
  • 140 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons rum
  • raspberries
Preheat the oven to 180 C. In a bowl beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar with a hand whisk for couple of seconds. Add butter and rum, give it another whisk. Sift in the flour and baking powder, mix everything together till all well combined. Divide the batter in 12 muffin cup and top it with 2-3 raspberries. Bake for 20 minutes (make the wooden stick test) and sprinkle with some powdered sugar to serve. 

The mini cakes are perfect to take with for a small pre-christmas picnic. Something we have been doing these days a lot... 

Cardamom Christmas cookies
  • 90 g butter (soft)
  • 45 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 150 g flour
Preheat the oven to 180 C. In a bowl mix together all the ingredients, till you will get a smooth ball of dough. Roll some dough sausages, cut them in 4-5 cm long pieces. Use a fork to make the pattern on the cookies. Bake 10-15 minutes till golden brown.

The ultimate Christmas cookies if you ask me... I just love how rum, vanilla and cardamom are coming together.. and you will love it too.

Check the recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies HERE