Christmas 2011


Christmas is almost here!  I cannot believe it!  Like last year, I decided to make Christmas gifts for my friends by hand.  I firmly believe that home-made gifts are the best as they show how much you care for the people you give them to.

This year, I decided to make 4 different goodies.

I started by making my Almond Cookies – Dolcetti di Mandorle as they are very easy to make and they are always a big hit whenever I bake them!

Almond Cookies

Then, I saw these amazing looking Exotic Shortbread Cookies over at my friend Reem’s site!  Aren’t they gorgeous?  I could not resist the temptation and decided to make these too!  I think I cooked mine a couple of minutes longer than Reem’s and I also pressed them a little more… so they don’t look exactly the same, but these Indian inspired cookies are divine and I will be making them again and again… the saffron and cardamom are so good together!

Saffron and Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Then I included a jar of my home-made Dulce de Leche… very easy to make and delicious!

Dulce de Leche

And last, but not least… I added some of my sugar cookies shaped like Christmas tree ornaments.

Christmas Tree Ornament Sugar Cookies

Christmas Tree Ornament Sugar Cookies

I then wrapped them all individually and added some tags with the name of each item.

And then made a big parcel with all of them!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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  1. says

    Here – let me give you my address dear friend! :) What a great gift from the heart and the kitchen! Your friends will love it! I’ve got those cookies from Reem on my “to make” list. I’ve now added the almond cookies as well!

  2. says

    I love the Dulce de leche bottle…I would love to receive these gifts too… 😉
    The shortbread recipe is one of a kind…Gonna make a batch of those! Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays, Manu!

  3. says

    Manu…I was sent here by Swanson of Chef in Disguise… So glad to find you as we share the same passion. I will start following you on facebook too. You have such a beautiful blog with so many recipes from all over the world. Love the christmas gift ideas :)

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