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December(ish) challenge: baked sweets

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December hosts several holidays, including the end of the year. In the northern hemisphere the temperatures drop and the nights are long, and thoughts turn to curling up with a mug of hot chocolate and cake fresh out of the oven. In the southern hemisphere it's picnic season, and cookies are a nice portable addition to any outing. Either way, it's time to bake.

Let's fire up our ovens and show off our own skills! Post a picture, and if you're willing to share the recipe, please post it in the Recipes category and add a link. We'll keep this challenge open through the first week in January.

If you have a suggestion for next month's challenge, please post it in the comments below. Thanks to @Zerotime for suggesting this month's.

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Will there be a new challenge for January? Zerotime‭ 20 days ago

@Zerotime I hope so! Anybody is welcome to start one; I stepped in here but I wasn't trying to take over. (I left this one open into January a bit because (a) we got a late start and (b) new year's and twelfth night might have been reasons for people to bake. Even with the extra time, I see I never managed to get something ready myself, oops.) Monica Cellio‭ 20 days ago

Just added one! Sigma‭ 19 days ago

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I've, too, made some cinnamon rolls.

Ultra-tasty cinnamon rolls

The recipe is quite simple (and available in German here).

Ingredients:

The Yeast Dough

  • 100 ml of Milk
  • 40g of butter or margarine
  • 250ml of wheat flour
  • 1 portion of dry yeast
  • 30g of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 portion of vanillin sugar
  • 1 medium-sized egg.

The Filling

  • 25g of butter
  • 80g of brown sugar
  • 2 spoons of cinnamon

What you need to do:

  1. Heaten the milk and let the butter melt in it.
  2. Mix the flour and the yeast; add the other ingredients and make a smooth dough.
  3. Let the dough rise.
  4. In the meantime: prepare the filling. Melt the butter and mix the sugar with the cinnamon.
  5. Knead and roll out the dough to a rectangle (much longer than wide).
  6. Spread first the liquid butter, then the sugar-cinnamon-mix on the dough.
  7. Roll up the dough sheet firmly from the long side.
  8. Cut the roll into slices. Put them on the baking sheet and let it rise once more.
  9. Bake them for approx. 12 - 15 minutes (at around 170° C)
  10. Enjoy!
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Looks yummy! The recipe, however, belongs into our recipe category ;) Zerotime‭ 18 days ago

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Let's see, short cold midwinter days - what more is there to want than a super rich, super chocolatey, vegan(!) chocolate cake

chocolate cake on a plate on a kitchen worktop

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Ooh, looks yummy! Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

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Snowflake cookies

The name of this kind of cookies is related to its look: They look like small snowflakes. (You can't see it very well on the picture but there are small indentations on the surface by pressing a fork in the raw cookie dough.) On top I put some powdered sugar.

snowflake cookies

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What's the white, a glaze or powdered sugar? Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

@MonicaCellio It's powdered sugar, I edited it into the answer. Zerotime‭ about 1 month ago

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Here is some pumpkin bread I made for New Year's Eve. Very savory.

brownish loaf of bread on a plate

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Butter cookies

The first cookies I baked this year were some regular butter cookies. Unfortunately, I only found unicorn sprinkles in my local supermarket so this is the unicorn butter cookies edition.

unicorn butter cookies

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blink... I did not know that unicorn sprinkles were a thing. :-) Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

@MonicaCellio In case you want to try that out as well ;) https://confectioneryhouse.com/baby-unicorn-sprinkles.html Zerotime‭ about 1 month ago

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Cinnamon roll cookies

This year, I tried something out that I wanted to do for a long time: making cookies that are closely related to cinnamon rolls. Contrary to regular cinnamon rolls which are more like pastry and soft like, this is a regular cookie, combining the sweet taste of a cinnamon roll with the longevity of a cookie.

cinnamon roll cookies

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Nice -- I like cinnamon rolls but sometimes they're too gooey and messy for the setting (like near the keyboard :-) ). Will you post a recipe? Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

@MonicaCellio Yes, I can put it up as soon as I have time :) Zerotime‭ about 1 month ago

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