brown butter bourbon biscuits

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And just like that, 24 days of cookies becomes 23 days of cookies. It’s slightly disappointing because I wasn’t busy yesterday, I just had one of those beautiful lazy days where I blew off my to do list and drank tea all day, playing cards with friends and ending it all with community Christmas carols and It’s a Wonderful Life.

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non traditional rugelach

rugelach

Time for something completely different. Yes, that’s right, it’s time for the annual quick-review-of-books-I-have-finally-had-time-to-read-now-that-I-moved-into-a-stable-house-and-have-free-time!

fillings

Oh, that’s not a thing? Also the name is too long? Party poopers. Ah, well, we’re doing it anyway. Books are great gifts. You should totally get a book for someone this Christmas. Give the gift of another world. Continue reading

chocolate chip cookies, again

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The feast day of St Nicholas, the man behind the story of Santa Claus, is the 6th of December (tomorrow) but in Holland, where my mum’s family is from, they celebrate Christmas on the 5th. (That’s today, in case you were still figuring that out.) I wanted to share a recipe for speculaas, a Dutch spiced cookie, but unfortunately I haven’t yet gotten around to making them so you’ll have to wait a little longer. Continue reading

shortbread

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Traditions are important. When we participate in traditional practices, in traditional rites and rituals, we are participating in processes that sometimes have been around for hundreds and thousands of years.

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Now it’s true that not all traditions stem from positive beginnings. Sometimes traditions make us lose sight of what is truly important, for instance, the tradition of Black Friday perpetuates the materialism and capitalism that lies at the heart of not only American culture but the culture of the rich West, of which we are a part.  Continue reading

brownie cookies with salted caramel buttercream

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! My newsfeeds are filling up with instagram photos, status updates and tweets all about Christmas. Trees are going up, carols are being sung and most importantly, cookies are being made.

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Mmm, cookies. Continue reading

kerstkrantjes (christmas shortbreads)

Hey! So today on YouTube is the Project for Awesome. The Project for Awesome began in 2007 when the vlogbrothers decided to take over YouTube so that for one day, instead of it being about cats and memes and random music videos and people making fools of themselves in front of their cameras alone in their bedrooms, it was all about charity.

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