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Cakes/ Christmas/ Sweets

DAY 17: Gingerbread cake bars

The pink rum glaze of these gingerbread cake bars can usually be found on a typical Austrian dessert, ‘Punschkrapfen’. Inspired by this dessert, but wanting to make it more Christmas appropriate, I made a Gingerbread spiced cake, brushed with apricot jam and glazed with homemade rum glaze. Stressing homemade because I would normally just buy the ready-made glaze from Manner. Determined to recreate the store-bought glaze, I think I came pretty close in imitating the color and taste. Plus, it is more helpful if you want to try the recipe and can’t get your hands on the store-bought glaze.

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Beverages/ Christmas

DAY 16: Warm Christmas Punch

To change things up a bit, today’s recipe is not a cookie recipe but my mom’s amazing orange Christmas punch. In Austria, Christmas punch can be found at every Christmas market in lots of variations. I would even go as far as to say that hot punch is more popular than mulled wine here.

Punch does not necessarily have to contain alcohol. My mom’s recipe below is a child-friendly Christmas punch version, simply add dark rum to your taste if you want to booze it up.

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Christmas/ Cookies/ One Bowl/ Sweets

DAY 15: Chocolate crinkle cookies

I made chocolate crinkle cookies for the first time this year and I’m positive that they will be included in my permanent Christmas cookie repertoire from now on! I do not only love how these cookies taste (the chewy, chocolaty flavor) but I also love how they look! Chocolate crinkle cookies make me think of chocolate cookies that were forgotten outside when it snowed. All you chocolate lovers out there should definitely try them! They look as cute as they are addictive.

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Christmas/ Cookies/ Sweets

DAY 13: Thumbprint cookies

These thumbprint cookies are buttery soft and crumbly. Plus they have the perfect ratio of cookie dough and jam. The dough itself is not very sweet which complements well the tangy yet sweet taste of the jam. And the dark rum flavor adds a little something.

Thumbprint cookies are very easy to make and even if your ‘thumbprint’ is not perfect, once they are baked and filled you won’t even notice it. If however you are like me, eat the ones that you find have imperfections ;) That is my personal rule!

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