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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Energy Bars

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Are you in need of rehab?
Do you tend to snack quite often choosing sweets and chocolates mostly?
These Bars will be a nice solution for you :)
Such a simple substitute they are! No-sweet, crispy and very tasty. And above all, they can help you to get rid of this little hunger :)
At first, I wanted to make them as no-bake bars (like in the original recipe) but it turned out they were not solid at all… So a quick decision to finally bake them and… bingo :)
Still, I think I’ll have another attempt to make a no-bake version of them in the nearest future :)
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Wholemeal Biscuits

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Made late in the evening just because… there are too few biscuit/cookie recipes on Sarenka ;P
Well, my love to everything that is wholemeal-like is nothing new therefore these biscuits :)
Making them is ridiculously fast, which is kind of important when you compare the effort made with the final results :)
And since not everyone is fond of healthy and fit stuff, some of the biscuits asked me to glaze them with chocolate… Well, how could I refuse? ;D
One more thing when it comes to baking them, according to the original recipe, I should get 35 biscuits, while I got only… 20! That is why I decided to keep them in the oven a bit longer than the author suggests :)
And the biscuits themselves? Quite crumbly, strongly wholemeal, not that sweet and perfect to accompany a glass of warm milk or grain coffee :) And healthier, of course!
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Dark (can be also) Happy :)

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Come to the dark side… we have cookies :D
Even darker version of Happy Cookies… and even more delicious! No joke :)
Actually, the recipe is nearly a copy of the one that you already know… The only difference is replacing part of flour with cocoa and that’s all :)
So if you’ve got any m&m’s hidden in your cupboards, find them right now and bake these cookies… for children, of course ;P
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