Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sugar Plums


These are not really sugar plums, but the Christmas cookies of Linderhof. We do have a recipe and have made sugar plums, but we don't do it every year but we do make Christmas cookies every year.

As with my simpler decorating this year, my Christmas baking is back to the old favorites. The cookies I grew up with and the cookies I made for Daughter Sarah when she was small.

The Peffernusse (or peppernuts). A spicy little cookie that has an anise flavor. Anise oil -- not extract -- goes into these cookies but, alas, no pepper! They're small cookies and they go so good at tea time!

Daughter Sarah's favorite cookies -- the cutouts. With the Christmas tree cutter (I think, perhaps, because that cutter made the biggest cookies!) Simply done with a sprinkle of green sugar.
Bourbon bites -- not really a cookie but a small cake filled with golden raisins, nuts and bourbon. Topped with a candied cherry, they're a yummy Christmas treat.
Most of our cookies are given away to friends and shopkeepers and those we wish to remember with a little gift during this holiday season. We, do, however, save some to have with our afternoon tea.
It's Tuesday and that means that it's time for "Three or More" -- visit Tam at The Gypsy's Corner to see what everyone has three or more of. I'm thinking that perhaps my three kinds of cookies may be the most delicious "Three or More" this Tuesday!

15 comments:

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They look delicious, Martha! Glad you save a few for yourself ;)

Blondie's Journal said...

They all look yummy!! I love anise flavored cookies, but I just buy the store type. And I love the tree shaped cookies probably for the same reason Sarah does!!

xoxo
Jane

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Your cookies look so good. I've been baking too. I look forward to Christmas Cookie marathons every year!

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

All your cookies look delicious!

Sharlotte said...

Your cookies look delicious! My grandmother always gave us Peffernusse for one of our gifts. I just love it's rich flavor. She would make a long roll and cut it into bite size sections. We'd eat them all night long! Thanks so much for sharing!

Pondside said...

One of my favorite Christmas cookies is an anise-seed cookie. I think that the recipe came from Mexico. Like you, this year I've returned to my old favorites. Shortbread and gingersnaps are made and my daughter will make sugar cookies. Tonight's project, though sweet, is not a cookie. It's an old fashioned ketchup to go with our Christmas Eve Tortierre.

lynn'sgarden said...

Hi Martha,
These cookies look delish! especially the bourbon bites!
Thanks so much for visiting and
leaving nice words on my blog...
Happy Holidays to you!
Lynn

Erica said...

Martha.....Your cookies look so delicous.I bet those people look forward yearly for your cookies.

Thanks for sharing.

Maggie B said...

Your Peffernusse remind me of the wonderful Christmas baked goods we used to enjoy whilst living in Bavaria, such sweet memories.
Merry Christmas from Normandy
Maggie

La Table De Nana said...

Your sprinkles are perfect:)

Carrie said...

Those look so yummy!!

DebraJ said...

Those cookies look so good that I can almost smell them! You're definitely going to make some people happy. I hope you have a Very Happy Christmas Martha!!

Kimberly said...

So yummy! You've got me in the baking mood now. :)

Fifi Flowers said...

Oooh... delcious post!

BumbleVee said...

hahah... the real sugar plums.....not like my sugar "plumbs" ...like he has been doing the past week over here.

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