Next up on my Christmas Cookies Baking List are these Cinnamon Stars. They are a true classic in large parts of Europe. If you have ever been to a Christmas Market in Germany, I’m sure you’ve seen them or have had them. With an almond/egg white base, they are naturally gluten free, a bonus these days when more and more people are allergic or intolerant to gluten. With just a hint of cinnamon, I’m sure they will be a hit with your friends and family, too!
When I lived in Switzerland, I used buy Swiss Christmas cookies at the local bakery, especially in the beginning of the season. I must say though, that these homemade ones are so much better than the bakery bought ones, not comparable at all! I was actually surprised by this, as I always thought the bakery ones were good quality!
This year I thought I would bake traditional Swiss Christmas Cookies, to change things up a bit. If I have the time and the muse strikes me, I will also whip up some Pepperkaker, but the only ones I plan to make for Christmas this year are the Sarah Bernhardt Cakes and the Christmas Cupcakes.
Well, it’s already the 2nd Sunday of Advent! I’m going to spare you the *how did it happen so fast*-talk etc etc (although we all think it), and in stead say that I’m getting more and more into Christmas Spirit every day. Yesterday I went to the opening of the Christmas Marked in Ålesund, which is conveniently located in an old tunnel between two parts of town (writing it down it sounds dodgy, but it really isn’t) – and it was really nice!🎄. I bought a few things and a few things inspired me to try my own version (apple-gløgg!) so it was win-win!
In Norway, the four Sundays of Advent are marked, if not celebrated. Most homes has a wreath with four candles, or a modernised version of it, and often, a poem will accompany the lighting of the first candle. I tried to find a translation of the most popular one, by Norwegian poet Inger Hagerup, but I couldn’t find one, please let me know if you know of a source.