flurry in the kitchen

Happy Place, Happy Space

It’s been a busy week in the kitchen. Younger Child had it in mind to try making thumbprint cookies, so of course, we had to do several variations.

From left, clockwise: rich chocolate thumbprint with ruby chocolate filling, vanilla thumbprint with berry jam, vanilla cookies with Christmas nonpareil sprinkles, rich chocolate thumbprints with jam filling & ruby drizzle

And then there was the annual stollen: fruit soaked in rum, almond paste made, bread baked, dusted, wrapped, delivered.

Do you have holiday baking to do?

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  1. Lovely cookies! Yes as long as it’s baking season it makes me crave for baking goodies😋 Gotta bake cookies, brownies, and more since I can’t miss treats during holidays🥳🎉🎅🎄

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  2. I love the enthusiasm that you and Younger Child bring to “experiments!” Your thumbprint cookies are beautiful and, I’m sure, delicious. I’ll be starting my baking soon too. You have given me a good model for making a pretty photograph! (And thanks, as always, for the mention.)


  3. Holy cats! Lots of good cooking going on in your kitchen. Finger print cookies are one of my favorites, and as usual so impressed with younger daughter. I, too, have begun Christmas cooking. Today I made chocolate chip cookies. Baked a few and froze the rest. Onward to pumpkin bread, ice cream pie, and gingerbread.


    1. We didn’t realise thumbprint cookies were popular for the season – this was our first attempt making them. It has been a delight to find out that there are so many different combinations we can play around with!

      I like very much the sound of your bake-list …. I hope I get to see some of them!

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    1. You are so funny! Again, we started making our own because at the time, they were not so commonplace, and if you could find them, they were very expensive! And now that we tweak it to our taste, it’s very difficult to buy off the shelf (ours has extra rum, extra almond paste, etc).

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