Kerstkransjes are a traditional dutch biscuit/cookie to hang on the Christmas tree. This recipe makes a gorgeous crunchy biscuit that got a thumbs up at the Christmas party that I baked them for.
175g / 1 cup of flour
75g / 1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp of salt
1 tsp baking powder
40g / 3 Tbsp of butter
1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of lemon or lime zest
2 Tbsp cold milk
Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl and mix together.
Dice the butter and rub it into the flour mix until it resembles bread crumbs.
Add vanilla and zest. I used lime zest for this batch of cookies because there was a deal on limes at the shop and I bought 5, so I need to use them up :) but lemon zest is the traditional citrus fruit for this recipe. Add the milk and use your hands to knead the mix together.
Wrap the dough in cling flim and place in the fridge for an hour for the flavours to develop.
Heat the oven to 180 oC / 350 oF
Roll the dough out on the floured surface using a floured rolling pin.
Use a cutter or glass cup to cut out rounds of dough and then a smaller cutter (I used the large end of an icing tip although, in the past I have resorted to using the lid of a lipstick tube) to take out the smaller hole.
Place your dough wreaths on a baking sheet. Beat the egg and brush on top of the cookies. Then sprinkle some sugar on them. You could also use a sugar and cinnamon mix, coloured sugar, or slivered almonds. I don't like to be too perfect with the decoration as I love the rustic look of them.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
Once cooled, tie a ribbon onto your cookie wreaths and tie them to your tree.
Just perfect :)