I did it! There actually are three filled cookie jars on my balcony. What joy an afternoon of baking can bring :-)
Here comes a cookie recipe that would also be suitable for any other occasion than christmas, I think. These cookies are actually not that difficult to make and they look cute, an eye-catcher in your cookie box :-)
(Source: Betty Bossi - Backen in der Weihnachtszeit)
1 teapoon vanilla sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 tablespoon milk
for the filling:
100g ground hazelnuts
2 tablespoons chocolate powder
2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Beat butter in a bowl until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and milk and beat until well combined. Add flour and form a dough. Cover with cling film and put in your refridgerator or outside in the cold for about 30 minutes.
For the filling just combine ground hazelnuts, chocolate powder, sugar and cream in a little bowl and set aside.
After 30 minutes, roll out your dough so you get a rectangle that is about 4mm thick (The recipe says that you should half your dough and roll out two rectangles of about 18x25 cm... I managed one with this amount of dough... anyway... :-) not a master with cookie doughs...). With a spoon, disperse the filling on the dough, leave an edge of about 1cm on one long side. From the other side, form a roll with your dough, wrap in cling film and put in the refridgerator for 30 minutes (or in the freezer for about 15 mins).
With a sharp knife, cut the roll into cookies (about 4mm thick) and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 10 minutes. Place on a cooling rack and let cool completely.
These cookies keep in an airtight container for about 3 weeks.