Category Archives: Christmas

Huggy Bear Cookies

huggy bear cookie recipe

Yesterday I found myself in the mood for some festive baking.

Wanting to do so, I remembered a picture that I accidentally found in the deep deep waters of the internet a couple of weeks ago. It was a picture of cute bear cookies with each little bear holding a treat in its arms. How adorable!

To replicate the cookies I used a very simple sugar cookie dough that does not change the shape that much while baking. As an item for the bears to hug :) I chose almonds and golden jumbo raisins (I have to admit that I liked the latter a little better).

Here’s all that followed…

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.

4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be rather stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

5. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface into about 1/8 inch
(0.3 cm) thickness.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

6. Cut out bear cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet that you’ve lined with parchment paper. Insert an almond or a raisin on top of each cookie.
 

huggy bear cookie recipe

Here’s a selection of the treats I’ve chosen – almonds and golden jumbo raisins.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

7. Finally fold the arms into a hugging position (press the arms firmer so they don’t open while baking). You can use a wooden skewer to indent eyes and nose for each bear.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

And cheers to Holiday baking!

With love,
Petra

(This amazing recipe was inspired by www.neol.jp and www.inkatrinaskitchen.com.)

Huggy Bear Cookies
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Serves: 60 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (226 grams) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups (420 grams) all-purpose flour
  • almonds and jumbo raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be rather stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  5. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface into about ⅛ inch (0.3 cm) thickness.
  6. Cut out bear cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet that you've lined with parchment paper. Insert an almond or a raisin on top of each cookie.
  7. Fold the arms into a hugging position (press the arms firmer so they don't open while baking). You can use a wooden skewer to indent eyes and nose for each bear.
  8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

 

Christmas Crochet Pattern MEGAPACK!

crochet Christmas pattern MEGAPACK

First of all, I would like to apologize for using the ‘C’ word so early in the year. But as all crocheters and crafters know, getting ready for Christmas takes some time. And what a sweet time it is!

The thing I would like to let you know about today is this… quite often I receive a question from some of you asking me whether I offer a crochet pattern pack containing Christmas patterns only. A pack that you could buy for a better price than if you bought all patterns individually.

You asked, I listened and today I am very happy to present a collection of my favorite Christmas patterns all in one bundle.

So yes, if you like the patterns in this package, you no longer need to buy them separately, all you need to do is click one button and they will all become yours (they will be sent to your email address, to be more precise).

The Christmas Crochet Pattern Megapack includes these patterns:
1. Crochet Pattern – Owl Ornaments (Pattern No. 012)
2. Crochet Pattern – Christmas Ornaments (Pattern No. 021)
3. Crochet Pattern – Little Colorful Christmas Trees (Pattern No. 052)
4. Crochet Pattern – Christmas Bells (Pattern No. 020)
5. Crochet Pattern – Christmas Stocking Ornaments (Pattern No. 013)
6. Crochet Pattern – Christmas Ball – Owl (Pattern No. 018)
7. Crochet Pattern – Christmas Granny Angel Ornaments (Pattern No. 024)
8. Crochet Pattern – Colorful Christmas Star Ball (Pattern No. 011)
9. Crochet Pattern Collection – Big Crochet Christmas Party (Pattern No. 006)
10. Crochet Pattern – Happy Snowflake/Star (Pattern No. 026).

I have done some counting and realized that by buying this pack you can save over 30% of the original price!

If you are interested, you can purchase the Christmas megapack HERE or HERE.

Thank you for visiting my shop!

Happy crocheting!

With love,
Petra
 

Christmas in Vienna

Christmas 2013 in Vienna - Vienna Christmas Market

Hello friends!

I hope you and yours are enjoying a very happy holiday season!

We definitely are!

One of the things that have made me happy recently was a trip to Vienna that we took a few days before Christmas. The only goal of the trip was to soak up the lovely festive atmosphere that this amazing city is so famous for around this time of year. With a simple goal like this, the mission was really easy to accomplish. We strolled the streets of Vienna city center utterly amazed at the abundance of wonderful Christmas cheer that was present just everywhere.

Are you friends ready for a lot of bright Christmassy goodness? Yes? Then here we go…

 

Christmas 2013 in Vienna - Vienna Christmas Market

Christmas 2013 in Vienna - Vienna Christmas Market

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Postcard 2013

I am wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

With lots of love,
Petra