Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
Wow….can’t believe its CHRISTMAS!!! I do believe that I saw a red glow and heard the ringing of soft jingle bells yesterday night and around midnight, I heard some rustling and clattering on our roof top. Ol’Saint Nick himself swooped onto our rooftop and down our chimney. As I woke up early in the morning, I saw several gifts gleaming brightly. I have always loved christmas. The city decorates itself amazingly with christmas lights and trees. To top it off, we had snow too. Vancouver was absolutely stunning when blanketed by white fluffy snow.
As a treat to Santa, his wonderful reindeers and elves, I made a present for them. What may you say? Why cookies of course!!! The cookies will help fuel his long and weary trip around the world delivering millions of gifts to excited children. First off was the Linzer cookie. The linzer cookie was made from toasted ground hazelnuts and raspberry jam. It was and still is a favorite during the Christmas season.
Here were the cookies baked and ready to be dusted which icing sugar. The raspberry jam shined like little jewels encased in a circle of fluffy white snow.
Next came some biscotti. Biscotti was a wonderful cookie when dipped into coffee or milk. I think Santa Claus would love to kick back and relax while sipping on some fresh milk and biscotti cookies. Keeping with the festive season, I chose to make some pistachio and cranberry biscotti. The two flavours compliment each other nicely and added a colourful scheme to the biscotti.
Once the biscottis were done, they were dipped into white and dark chocolate. To make Kris Kringle’s stay more enjoyable and rich, I decided to make shortbread. Nothing says the holidays than shortbread cookies and I made pecan cresents.
Pistachio Biscotti (adapted from here)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon whole aniseed
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
3/4 cup shelled natural unsalted pistachios
6 ounces imported white chocolate, chopped
And there you have it. A wonderful snack for Santa Claus!!!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Wishing everyone a joyous season full of cheer!!!