Hey friends! How have you been?
Wasn’t that article so sad? I feel totally devastated for that little boy and hope that he can find his happy way along a journey to health. If only I (or ahem, the govt?!!) could reach every house and share the good news of fruits and vegetables! P.s. my parents did an awesome job of having tons of healthy options available when I was a kid, even when we did not have much when my dad was in residency.
Guess it depends what types of things we place as important when it comes to our money? Maybe the govt. should think about that one…….
My mom is Swiss, as I have already mentioned, and we have strong traditions in our home, especially around Christmas. One of those is baking traditional Swiss cookies together and giving them away (and keeping some to eat ourselves). This is a beloved tradition and something I cherish every year.
Last year was my FIRST year being married AND I was at my in-laws for the holidays instead of at home. (I did celebrate 1 Christmas in Austria when I lived there in 2006–they have similar traditions to my family’s and so that was fantastic!)
And so last year I made this recipe for cookies and they were all blown away. They took one bite and realized these were BEYOND amazing.
And they are.
They are called “Spitzbuebe” and they are full of butter, sugar, and deliciousness. Sure to make anyone swoon.
Spitzbuebe Swiss Cookie Recipe
- 4.5 sticks butter
- 1.75 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 Tb water
- 700 gram cake flour (buy the 900 gram box of cake flour and take out 1.5 cups of flour; the remaining amount is 700 grams)<—-because of Swiss measuring!
- Cream together butter and sugar
- Add a pinch of salt ONLY if not using salted butter
- Then add the rest of the ingredients (vanilla, water, flour)
- Mix well and let it chill, covered, overnight in the fridge
- Allow dough to return to room temperature before rolling it out on a lightly floured surface
- Using cookie cutters, cut out equal number of lids and bottoms (lids have holes for the jam to peek through)
- Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes, checking often to be sure the edges are not too brown
- After they are cooled, dip the lids in powdered sugar, dab a blob of jam on the bottoms, and then gently squish the cookies together, powdered sugar lid on top, to make a sandwich cookie.
These cookies are a bit labor intensive, but they are NOT hard to make. And they are out-of-this world. Granted they are full of butter, but they are very nostalgic for me to eat so when I bite into them I could care less about how much butter are in them.
Because they are so delicious and rich, I can never have more than 2………at a time For real though, sometimes it is SO much better to eat delicious, rich food than the lower-calorie versions. A time and season for everything, I guess!
Besides, we are all totally immersed in our intense holiday fitness challenge that 1 buttery cookie won’t do too much to us. Heh
Off to get SWEATY!
What is YOUR favorite holiday cookie recipe?? Any fun traditions that YOU all have??