Baking Christmas cookies probably belongs as much to the pre-Christmas-peroid - as Gin belongs to Tonic, as Fish belongs to Chips or as much as Altbier belongs to Düsseldorf. You’ll probably see where this is heading to!
During the pre-Christmas-period, it’s a good old German tradition to literally sweeten the waiting time with delicious cookies. It’s common to listen to some Christmas songs while doing so - especially Rolf Zuckowski is a very popular artist to listen to while baking Christmas cookies (I’d strongly recommend you to google “In der Weihnachtsbäckerei” - It’s a very sweet song for children and it’s about making Christmas cookies - so it fits perfectly.:))
Typically German Christmas pastries are Spritzgebäck, Spekulatius, Zimtsterne, Lebkuchen, Zimtstollen and the very famous Vanillekipferl.
Since the introduction is already very long - let’s start with the recipe!
Hohoho - Santa Claus is here
Santa Claus is celebrated in Germany every year on the 6th December. While “Sinterklaas” already arrives in the Netherlands on a ship from Spain in the middle of November, “Kleeschen” is celebrated in Luxembourg, “Julemand” in Denmark and “Nikolaus” in Germany on the 6th December.
You moved to Düsseldorf not too long ago to start your semester abroad and - of course - you already got to know some stuff about Düsseldorf? For example, you know that Düsseldorf is the capital of North-Rhine Westphalia, that carnival is kind of a big deal and you also know that Düsseldorf is famous for its ‘longest bar in the world’?
...But there are still things that you do not know? With this blog we want to change that!