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Santa’s Sleigh & Christmas Cookies

Gingerbread Santa's Sleigh

I wish you a Merry Christmas! Have a great holydays!

Santa, sleigh and deers are made out of gingerbread. I found the best recipe ever and I’ll stick to it in the future. I only couldn’t find molasses here in Belgrade, so I used barley malt syrup (Maltex brand in Serbia). This was a two days work and apart from the recipe ingredients you’ll need sunflower seeds (about 50 g) and some royal icing to glue them and paint the cookies. I used this great recipe from Minja’s Kuhinjica.

Gingerbread SantaGingerbread Santa's Sleigh, back

Minja’s Royal Icing

1 egg white
200 g powdered sugar
1 tsp corn starch
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Beat egg white and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Easy as that.

Gingerbread Deers

This was the only easy part of the sleigh :) No mater how precise you draw a scheme, the lines won’t be perfect and you’ll have to file carefully and patiently with a scalpel or a very sharp knife. Thanks to my father I managed to assemble the sleigh just as I imagined :) I promise to upload the scheme in a few days.

Christmas Cookies

Basic cookie dough

250 g flour
125 g sugar
1 bag vanilla sugar
1 egg
125 butter

Knead everything into a dough and leave in the fridge for a half an hour.

Angel Eyes

Angel eyes: Shape basic dough into thumbprint cookies and bake in a preheated oven on 200°C for about 12 minutes. When they’re done and chilled sprinkle with powdered sugar and fill with apricot marmalade.

Cocoa Flowers

Cocoa Flowers: Add 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder into the basic dough, roll into cylinder and cut cookies with a knife. Bake in a preheated oven on 200°C for about 10-12 minutes. When they’re done and chilled melt 50 g white chocolate, quickly spread it on top of each cookie and before it dries place 4 halves of pistachios and a glace sour cherry on top of each one.

Rum & Coconut Hearts

Rum & Coconut Hearts: Add 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 Tbsp of rum into the basic dough. Cut out hearts with a cookie cutter and bake in a preheated oven on 200°C for about 8 minutes. Mix 75 g powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice and spread over one side of each heart. Before it hardens sprinkle with coconut.

Chrispy Stars

Chrispy Stars: With a cookie cutter cut out stars from the basic dough. Bake in a preheated oven on 200°C for about 8 minutes. When they’re done and chilled melt 50 g dark chocolate and decorate the stars.

Gingerbread Stars

Gingerbread Stars: Use leftover gingerbread dough to make these stars. Using the same method like with rum hearts, decorate them with Minja’s royal icing and coconut. This is a good way to make the fur on Santa’s coat look more realistic :)

The town of Market Drayton in Shropshire is known as the “home of gingerbread” and this is proudly decreed on the welcome sign. The first recorded mention of gingerbread being baked in the town dates back to 1793; however, it was probably made earlier as ginger was stocked in high street businesses from the 1640s. Gingerbread became widely available in the 1700s. (from Wikipedia).

I am sending this to Meeta for Monthly Mingle World of Spice Cookies.

Christmas Cookies

Merry Christmas everybody!

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29 Comments

  • maslinka December 24, 2008 1:28 pm

    Ovo je totalno fantasticno…gledam, gledam i ne mogu se nadiviti jer znam kad pravim kucicu kako mi je sve to pipavo pa poslednjih godina koristim “precice”… ali ovo… pravo umetnicko delo… i svaka ti cast!Da i keksici su mi super simpaticni :)

  • nlo December 24, 2008 1:38 pm

    Ma da bi riječ rekla! Sve izgleda savršeno dobro!Sretan Božić i tebi draga!

  • Peter M December 24, 2008 2:08 pm

    Marija, great craftwork.Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • mamajac December 24, 2008 2:14 pm

    Fantazija. Umetnost.

  • Snooky doodle December 24, 2008 2:34 pm

    How many nice biscuits and the sleigh is spectacular :)

  • Y December 24, 2008 2:42 pm

    Merry Christmas, Marija! All your cookies look wonderful – and that sleigh is so adorable, especially the reindeer! :)

  • Sivie December 24, 2008 4:01 pm

    Your deers are lovely. Merry Christmas…

  • Rosa’s Yummy Yums December 24, 2008 4:12 pm

    So pretty and yummy!Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!Cheers,Rosa

  • cuisine by monsoon December 24, 2008 4:27 pm

    uvijek me iznova odusevis svojim postovima. umjesto standardne kucice ona je izradila saonice…:)))))ma sve je savrseno i saonice i kolacici.najljepse zelje za bozic i u novoj godini.

  • yetur’la lezzet kareleri December 24, 2008 8:03 pm

    kurabiyeler harika olmuş.ellerinize sağlık.mutlu yıllar dilerim.sevgilerimle….yeşim…

  • Gaga December 25, 2008 2:56 am

    Draga Marija :)Jutros je neko pozvonio na moja vrata….i samo si trebala da vidiš moj osmeh od uva do uva :)))))))))))Mnogo ti hvala na ovako divnom poklonu, ne mogu da ti opišem koliko sam srećna!! Predivni su!!!Hvala ti i na divnim rečima, što i mi tebi od srca želimo.Srećni ti Božićni i Novogodišnji praznici!!!

  • A World in a PAN December 25, 2008 9:59 am

    Greetings from Paris! Have a Happy and Healthy 2009!

  • Colin Woon December 25, 2008 11:45 am

    Wow! So many wonderful cookies! Great job!

  • farida December 25, 2008 1:46 pm

    Marija, wow, this is amazing craftwork. I need your patience to make something like this:) Your cookies look great too. Happy Holidays to you!

  • SweetSensation December 25, 2008 3:29 pm

    dakle, ove saonice su presavršene! ne mogu im se nadiviti…pravo umjetničko djelo :) a ni keksići nisu za bacit ;)

  • Anonymous December 26, 2008 2:19 am

    oduševljena sam saonicama i svim ovim prekrasnim keksićima… sve izgleda savršeno, lijepo… ma čarolija! svaka čast! sretan i blagoslovljen božić! :)volim_kuhati-bloger.hr

  • Vera December 26, 2008 5:13 am

    Ovo je zaista savrseno,nemam reci za ovu lepotu.Izgledaju fantasticno a tako kreativno i pedantno!

  • Minja December 26, 2008 3:53 pm

    Prelepo kao i uvek :)))Draga Marija,želim ti sve najlepše u Novoj 2009. godini !

  • gastrodiva December 27, 2008 4:54 am

    Sretan Božić i tebi, prekrasne su ti slike i recepti.

  • HoneyB December 27, 2008 4:05 pm

    The cookies are gorgeous! I love the sleigh also! Hope you had a great Christmas!

  • Andrea December 28, 2008 3:51 am

    Wow ostala sam bez teksta! Saonice su savršene! :) I keksi su divni, ali ove saonice su nešto fakat posebno.

  • Passionate About Baking December 29, 2008 7:46 am

    You’ve done a great job Marija, with a little help from Dad. FANTASTIC! Will wait to see the scheme…YAY!! Have a great holiday season my friend. I’m waiting to see your buche too!

  • MeetaK December 29, 2008 1:51 pm

    Marija, amazing amazing entry! I love this. what a lovely piece of art. Thank you for this exquisite entry!

  • Kevin December 30, 2008 6:44 pm

    Great looking holiday cookies!

  • Anonymous December 31, 2008 10:10 am

    FENOMENALNO, odusevljen sam fotkama :))) Broccoli

  • Medena January 2, 2009 12:41 am

    I am speechless! It’s like a Christmas cookies wonderland! Beautiful!

  • Vera January 2, 2009 11:14 pm

    What a fabulous project, Marija! Happy Holidays!

  • Tartelette January 5, 2009 10:04 pm

    Between the truffle post and this one, my head is spinning!! You have been rea-lly busy this holiday season!!Happy New Year!

  • Chris December 24, 2009 1:29 pm

    I love this! So cute!

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