It’s a great opportunity to get to know other food bloggers in your own country (and in my case even Austria!) and to taste their awesome cookie creations!
Each participant has to send a dozen cookies of their choice to each of the three recipients that were chosen for him and the participant will get three packages filled each with different cookies from three other participants! You won’t know who will send you cookies, what type of cookies you’ll get or where they are from – it’s a fantastic surprise!
AND to make it even better we’re all doing it for a great cause: to support Cookies For Kid’s Cancer!
Well, I chose to make White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies, a recipe that was slightly adapted from Del’s Cooking Twist. Del’s pictures looked sooo yummy, just like the perfect cookie and then she even calls them THE BEST – I just had to try them. So I made them – 4 times the recipe at once as I wasn’t sure how many cookies I would get and I needed enough to send them. Well let’s just say I made PLENTY. But – and I’m definitly not lying – they really were the best!!
So what you’re waiting for – grab some butter, sugar and a big bowl and start baking!!
The bloggers I send them to were:
Julia from Verily Me
Sönne from Spätzlegirl
and Laura from Laura kocht
The Best White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies
Author: Kathrin @ ginger, lemon & spice
Recipe type: Cookies
- 170g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
- 125g (2/3 cup) light brown sugar
- 50g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (or 2P. vanilla sugar)
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 270g (2¼ cups) plain flour
- 1⅕ tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup white chocolate chips or chopped
- ½ cup cranberries
- Whisk together butter and sugars until disolved. Add vanilla, egg and egg yolk. Stir until well combined.
- Then add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt and mix carefully to combine.
- At last mix in white chocolate and cranberries.
- Take a large sheet of cling film and place your dough in the middle and flatten it out a bit until you get a disk in the thickness of 2cm. Place in fridge at least for 2 hours, preferably overnight.
- When ready to bake: Preheat oven to 160°C (325° F) and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
- Form balls that are higher than wide and place them with enough space in between on the baking sheets. Bake for approx. 8-12 min, depending on the size of your balls and how chewy you want your cookies. If you want them very chewy they should look slightly underbaked in the middle when you take them out and they will sink in a bit.
And what type of cookies did I get?
There were Mocca Melting Moments from Kevin of Law of Baking
Orange and Cinnamon Stars from Kathy of Kathys Küchenkampf
and Marshmallow and Chocolate Cookies from Katja of Hoetus Poetus
Have a great evening!
Selam! Hi guys! 🙂
What I have for you today are some delicious Turkish cookies called Kurabiye! They are crunchy on the outside and a little softer on the inside which comes from adding the yoghurt to the dough! Also I liked the dough VERY much because it has such a funny texture which should remind you of how an earlobe feels! That was all I was thinking about when I formed them, I had soo much to laugh 😀 Sometimes I’m a little childish!!
Three days ago I told you about some drinking habbits of the Turkish people. And this is something that goes perfectly with it! Eat those Kurabiye (Almond and Citrus Cookies) with a nice cup or glass of tea and just enjoy 🙂
Something else that goes with tea or coffee is Turkish Delight! Have you ever heard of it? It has something of the consistency of gummybears but is cut in cubes or cylinders! It is a sweet delicacy to nibble on while you taste the bitterness of the coffee or tea! You can buy it in very many different flavors and filled with nuts or herb aromas or fruit juices… My absolute favorite ones were the Lokum (Turkish word for Turkish Delight) with pomegranate flavor and filled with pistacchios!! But the honey and walnut ones were sooo delicious too! 🙂 If you try them make sure to buy some good ones, because there are big differences in the quality. They have whole stores in Turkey devoted to sell just Turkish Delight which tells you how important this specialty is in Turkey!
You can see the Lokum on the right side, it was with honey, hazelnuts and coconut!
Cookies are very popular in Turkey too, throughout the year! You can find and buy them fresh in special bakeries, supermarkets or coffee shops. I tried a big mixed box of cookies from a coffee shop nearly at the end of my stay and I had some regrets about that 😉 They had many different flavors like chocolate, vanilla, pistacchio, with Kellog’s, with nuts or choc chips – it was amazing! And they were soo delicious too!!
On my next stay in Turkey I definitly will buy them again – I have not found the same quality here in the Turkish markets in Germany!
The recipe for one type of cookie you can find below – the yummy almond and citrus cookies 🙂
Hope you like them as much as I did!!
Don’t forget: If you have any questions about Turkey, or if you have made your own experiences with Turkish food, the people, the culture or the country please leave a comment!! I would love to hear about it!
Author: Kathrin @ ginger, lemon & spice
Recipe type: Cookies
- 750g flour
- 2 eggs (1 seperated)
- 1 sachet baking powder (1 tablespoon)
- 1 sachet vanilla sugar or 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 300g sugar
- 250g margarine (room temperature)
- 250g süzme yoğurt (Yoghurt with 10 % fett, but you could use less too)
- 50g shaved almonds
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- Beat the whole egg and the eggwhite with sugars and yoghurt until well incorporated. Add oil, zest and margarine and mix!
- Put in flour, almonds and baking powder and blend until a very soft dough forms. The Turkish say it should feel like ones earlobe! 😉
- Take small pieces of the dough and form them into balls, put them on baking paper covered sheets and coat them with a little of the egg yolk.
- Bake the Kurabiye for 40 minutes and let them cool. Eat immediate or store in an airtight container.
- Enjoy with a glass of çay (turkish black tea)!!
Afiyet olsun! Enjoy 🙂
Here are the other recipes I shared during this series:
Snack/Fast Food – Lahmacun