Christmas Card 2010 – a pop up gingerbread house

Last year I created this little pop-up gingerbread house as a business christmas card. It was fun to make and I think it turned out nice.
For this year’s christmas cards I made something a little different, but more on that later.

Enjoy the last few days before christmas!

Letztes Jahr habe ich dieses kleine Pop-Up Lebkuchenhaus als Geschäftspost zu Weihnachten entworfen. Es hat Spaß gemacht, die Karte zu mache und ich denke, sie ist ganz nett geworden. Dieses Jahr habe ein bisschen was anderes gemacht, aber dazu später mehr.

Geniesst die letzten Tage bis Weihnachten!

Baking in Winter

I’m not much of a christmassy person, but every year I’m really looking forward to baking cookies.

However, I only bake simple german shortcrust cookies. You can be so creative with them and they are so easy to make.

I make a huge amount of basic dough, divide it into parts, and spice them up differently, for example with orange zest, vanilla, cocoa or ginger. This way I get many flavors with one dough.

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and knead with your hands until you have a smooth dough.

Then divide it in parts and knead in the flavorings.

Let the dough cool in the fridge (or outside if you live in a cold climate) for at least 1 hour before you start making the cookies. If the dough is too warm, the cookies won’t stay in shape.

Bake at about 200 °C or 392 °F until lightly golden at the edges. Keep checking, they burn easily!

After letting them cool a few minutes, decorate them any way you like.

Be sure to test frequently if they turned out right ; ) !

Vanilla Snowflakes

Cinnamon Snowflakes

Vanilla Clouds with white chocolate

Cocoa Horse

Caramel-Orange-white Chocolate Stars

Iced Snowflakes with Arrak flavor