Biscotti with Maple Syrup

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Just before Christmas I wanted to stop by, add a recipe and share some thoughts with you.

Stopping by – a tick.
Adding a recipe – a tick (in a second)
Sharing – in progress :)

Christmas cakes are almost ready. One cheesecake is still in the oven… but almost done.
Not sure how it’s with you but I’m literally surrounded by sweets! How can I say no to them? Well, I can’t. And I don’t want to.

But coming back, I’m here to wish you beautiful Christmas. Full of peace.
I guess that’s what we all need the most nowadays. I’ve noticed so many people wishing peace to each other. We lack it, that’s for sure.
When I look at myself… last six months… I don’t know when it’s passed. I really don’t know. I’m trying not to waste time. To use every single hour, every single minute of the day… and still, something is slipping through my fingers. I can feel it.

Pay attention to little things. Keep your eyes open.
It’s good to see things. It’s better to notice them.
Good to listen. Better to hear.

Have a beautiful time.
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Simple Butter Cookies

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Do not ask me how many cookies I’ve made recently… A lot :)

These ones I made… just because :) For unexpected cravings :)
Just out of curiosity, I’ve checked how long it took me to make them. 10 minutes of preparation + 15 minutes of baking. Nice, isn’t it?
I used thick granulated sugar, which gave a nice crispy effect :)
Worth, really worth :)
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Cocoa-Sesame Cookies

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Because there is a nice cake shop in my town.
Because they’ve got really nice cookies.
Because I had a craving.

Finding THIS taste was the main aim. Surprisingly, I managed to do it during the second attempt!
They are crumbly… like shortbread? :) Melting in the mouth, delicate in texture, intensely cocoa, almost lacking sweetness. And yes, what I like a lot, express :) Prepared and baked within half an hour :)
Very possible I’ll be still experimenting with them… If anything, I’ll let you know :)

I made them once again, this time using brown sugar instead of icing sugar. And in my humble opinion, they’re even better! But you know how it is, different people, different taste :) It may be a good idea to check out both versions. The more cookies, the better :)
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I’ve seen loads of positive opinions about these gingerbreads… therefore, I decided to make them too :)
At first, I was sure I failed. They were way too hard. Little stones, so to speak :) But then, two days passed and, miracle! Soft and yummy :)

You know, it’s quite late here now… I’m writing this recipe listening to our local radio. My room is so little and it’s all filled with light coming from my little Christmas tree… Little room, little Christmas tree. Really cosy :) Hot tea on my one side and… Lebkuchen on the other :) Peaceful.
I cannot stand frosting on cookies. I cannot imagine Lebkuchen without frosting. Illogical one may say… Christmas, I say :)

I may be saying that Christmas is not my favourite time of the year but then, here comes an evening like today and… I’m left with no words… With all this laziness, freezing temperatures, even with this frosting… it’s good :) It is good.
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Double, triple, quadruple (or whatever it is called ;P) chocolate!
Or I should say CHOCOLATE!
Yes, we like it. Yes, chocolate is our friend. Yes, chocolate doesn’t ask why. It is just where it should be, by your side ;)
At this point, let me finish my chocolate praising because soon you may start thinking I went cuckoo or something (speaking of which, you’ll find a really nice Cuckoo recipe here) :)

These cookies have become one of my favourites. No doubt.
It’s because I don’t like excessive sweetness in baking and here I’d even say they are a bit bitter. Mhmm, yummy!

The original recipe suggests baking them for not more than 15 minutes. Do follow this advice. One moment longer in the oven and your kitchen may smell of burning… Oh, I know what I’m saying ;)

And no mixer… no mixer needed. How I like it :)
I think you’ll like them too :)
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