Virtual Cookie Exchange 2019: More German Cookies and Pattern Giveaway

Thank you so much, Carol, for hosting the Virtual Cookie Exchange once again. I have collected so many interesting cookie recipes during this blog hop, I will be busy for years trying them all out! I have only been living in North America since 2013, and German Christmas baking is very different from North American Christmas baking. And while I enjoy trying new recipes, our Christmas baking is still mostly German, and I will be sharing another of my favourite German recipes.


Today’s recipe is called “Haselnussblüten” which literally translates to “Hazelnut Blossoms”. They do not look like real hazelnut blossoms though, just flower shaped cookies with ground hazelnuts in the dough. Ground hazelnuts and almonds are staples in German Christmas baking, and while I can get ground almonds at the grocery store here, I have trouble finding ground hazelnuts for my baking. There is a store in Vancouver that carries them but it took a while to get used to having to drive 100 km for some ground hazelnuts. The recipe calls for ground cinnamon and cloves, just a pinch of each. I usually add more. It really depends on what you like, and I love the taste of cinnamon. (I also double the amount of spices I put into my pumpkin pie, not just cinnamon but also ginger and cloves.) Feel free to add more or less, depending on what you like. The original recipe also calls for some hazelnut glaze that you can buy at German grocery stores. I have never seen anything similar here, not even at the German deli, and we substitute semi-sweet chocolate for it which works just fine. My husband is usually the one who decorates the cookies, and he has developed his own system of how to use the liquid chocolate to glue the hazelnut to the cookie which always makes me laugh.

A Christmas tradition that I very much appreciate is baking cookies together with my son. I started getting him involved as soon as he could stand, guiding his little fingers with the cookie cutters, and we made cookies together every year. He turned 20 this year and is in his third year at the University of British Columbia. He will be coming home next week, and I really enjoy that he still wants to bake cookies with me… and not just eat them 🙂

A few words of caution/disclaimer: This is a German recipe. Germans measure only liquids by volume, solid ingredients are measured by weight. And everything is metric, of course. With the help of the internet I have provided the imperial measurements but there is no guarantee these are correct… it’s the internet after all. So if a number looks suspicious to you, please double check the math. Another difference are North American ranges. Having to choose between “bake” and “broil” doesn’t really translate to German full convection ovens. So please keep an eye on the cookies and decide for yourself if they need longer or are done faster in your oven than required by the recipe.




Being a longarm quilter, this is my busy season, so I haven’t had a lot of time for working on my own projects. But I came up with a little mug rug design that I call “O Christmas Tree”. The pattern will be published next week, here is a little preview. And I am also giving away five digital copies of the pattern. If you would like to win one, please leave a comment and enter the giveaway. Entries will be accepted until Sunday (December 5, 2019, 11.59 PST), and I will draw the winners on Monday and email the patterns. The patterns will only be availabe in English and with Imperial measurements. This is my first time hosting a giveaway with Rafflecopter, and I hope it all works as planned. If there are issues, please be patient and let me know, and I will try to fix them ASAP. Please scroll down to the end of the post for giveaway rules and guidelines.

Comment moderation is turned off for today to make it easier for you to enter the giveaway. But please don’t leave your email address in the comment text. It is not necessary to do so, and the spam protection software will kick in and not publish your comment, so it will have to be moderated after all. I will be happy to manually publish it but please keep in mind that I am in the Pacific time zone and will still be asleep when this post publishes.


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Thank you for visiting today, and please make sure that you visit all the participants of this blog hop and look at their fabulous projects and mouthwatering cookies. Once again here is the full schedule of all five days of this event.


Monday, December 2
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Ms P Designs USA
Home Sewn By Us
Vroomans Quilts
Cathie’s Craftworks
Sew Many Yarns
Just Because Quilts
 
Tuesday, December 3
MooseStashQuilting
Stitchin At Home
Barb – Hosted by Just Let Me Quilt
Hill Valley Quilter
Little Penguin Quilts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Selina Quilts
Count it *all* JOY!
Purring Cottage

Wednesday December 4
Made By Marney
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Beaquilter
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Life in the Scrapatch
DesertSky Quilting
Sunlight in Winter Quilts

 

 
Thursday, December 5
Quilt Doodle Designs
Ridge Top Quilt
Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting (that’s me)
Websterquilt
Bumbleberry Stitches
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Friday, December 6
Just Let Me Quilt
Kris Loves Fabric
Domestic Felicity
Karrin’s Crazy World
Songbird Designs
Melva Loves Scraps
Brenda’s Quilt Blog


 

Giveaway Rules and Guidelines

Please take the time to read them.

    • You must leave a comment to enter the giveaway. If you don’t leave a comment, your winning entry will be ignored and cancelled.
    • You are only allowed to enter once.
    • The winners will be announced either on Monday, December 9 or Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
    • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaway. Any email returned to me loses the ability to win automatically.
    • I will email the digital patterns to the winners right away. Please check your spam folders if you are announced as one of the winners and didn’t receive an email. Especially Gmail likes to send anything I send straight to the spam folder.
    • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
    • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
    • All winners are chosen at random.
    • All winners will be announced on the blog via the Rafflecopter entry form and a post. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
    • Odds of winning a prize are based on the total number of rafflecopter entries.
    • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.



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New Pattern: Coffee Break Mug Rugs

Yay, I made my self-imposed deadline… this is the last unpublished pattern that I have been selling at quilt shows in the paper version. This is actually the oldest one, I have been selling it for over a year. As you can tell by looking at the mug rugs, this is the first pattern I designed after buying the Brother ScanNCut last year. I was so excited by the possibilities that I didn’t consider how difficult it would be to manually cut out the words “Coffee Break” in that fancy font I used. I ended up selling two versions of the pattern, either printed pattern only or printed pattern with the precut words included. Since I am only offering digital versions of my patterns online, I have added the cutting file for the words to the pattern download, in both SVG and FCM file format. They are included as a courtesy to those who have cutting machines, and there is no additional cost. If you don’t own a fabric cutter, just ignore the additional files.

Coffee Break Mug Rugs PPP-039






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New Pattern: Boo! Mug Rugs

As promised in my previous post, I am working on adding my new patterns to the website. Today I am starting with the newest, a Halloween pattern that I just finished writing, it isn’t available in a printed version yet. We did a mug rug swap at our guild meeting this month, and although a Halloween design wasn’t required, this is what I came up with. These little guys make me laugh, aren’t they super cute? They don’t take long to make, you can still finish them in time for Halloween.

PPP-050 Boo! Mug Rugs


Dieses Muster ist auch auf Deutsch/metrisch verfügbar. Ich weiß, ich weiß, ich hatte gesagt, ich veröffentliche keine deutschen Muster mehr, aber dann setzte plötzlich ein Run auf die Ginger & Fred Mug Rugs ein, also habe ich probeweise doch wieder eine deutsche Anleitung geschrieben.



 




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Virtual Cookie Exchange: German Butter Cookies or Have You Ever Skinned Almonds?

We all probably have some childhood memories that make Christmas special, and as funny as it sounds, skinning almonds is one of mine. I have always found it fascinating that blanching almonds in boiling water loosens the skin and that you can squeeze them out after they cool down. Of course we didn’t just quietly squeeze them out of their skins back then, my brother, my sister and I shot them all across the kitchen and at each other until my mom intervened. To this day it doesn’t feel like Christmas until I am skinning almonds, and it will probably not surprise you that these cookies are always the first I make each year. They are rather simple butter cookies but sometimes less is more, and these taste amazing. If you find my way of decorating them with just some egg yolk and an almond too boring, you can decorate them any way you please, of course.

German Butter Cookies


A few words of caution/disclaimer: This is a German recipe. Germans measure only liquids by volume, solid ingredients are measured by weight. And everything is metric, of course. With the help of the internet I have provided the imperial measurements but there is no guarantee these are correct… it’s the internet after all. So if a number looks suspicious to you, please double check the math. Another difference are North American ranges. Having to choose between “bake” and “broil” doesn’t really translate to German full convection ovens. So please keep an eye on the cookies and decide for yourself if they need longer or are done faster in your oven than required by the recipe.



Wir haben vermutlich alle Kindheitserinnerungen, die unzertrennbar mit Weihnachten verbunden sind. Und so lustig sich das auch anhört, zu meinen Erinnerungen gehört das Schälen von Mandeln für die Weihnachtsbäckerei dazu. Ich fand es schon immer faszinierend, dass sich die Schale ablöst, wenn man die Mandeln mit kochendem Wasser übergießt, und man die Mandeln dann ganz einfach herausquetschen kann. Natürlich haben wir als Kinder die Mandeln nicht ruhig und gesittet herausgequetscht, mein Bruder, meine Schwester und ich haben sie mit Freuden durch die ganze Küche geschossen und versucht, uns gegenseitig zu treffen, bis meine Mutter genug hatte und dem Ganzen ein Ende setzte. Bis heute ist das Gefühl von Weihnachtszeit für mich mit dem Schälen von Mandeln verbunden, und daher dürfte es niemanden verwundern, dass diese Plätzchen immer die ersten sind, die ich backe. Es sind relativ einfache Butterplätzchen, aber weniger ist manchmal mehr, und diese sind wirklich lecker. Und wem meine Variante zu langweilig ist (sie werden nur mit Eigelb bestrichen und mit einer Mandel belegt), darf gerne die Dekoration nach Herzenslust variieren.



Und zusätzlich zum Rezept gibt es von mir auch noch ein vorweihnachtliches Geschenk, das im weitesten Sinne auch mit der Weihnachtsbäckerei zu tun hat. Als ich mich für diesen Blog Hop angemeldet habe, erschien plötzlich ein Lebkuchenmann vor meinem inneren Auge. Der hat sich dann in meinem Kopf eingenistet und auch noch eine Lebkuchenfrau dazu eingeladen, und ich habe die beiden in Mug Rugs verwandelt und sie Ginger und Fred genannt. Die Anleitung ist bis Sonntag zum kostenlosen Download verfügbar. Am Montag zieht sie dann in den Shop um. Das gibt dann auch denjenigen eine Chance, die in der Woche keine Zeit haben, von Blog zu Blog zu hüpfen. Ich wünsche allen eine schöne (Vor)Weihnachtszeit und danke für’s Vorbeischauen.

And I also have a little virtual cookie Christmas gift for all of you. When I signed up for this blog hop a vision of a gingerbread man popped into my head. And he made himself at home in there and also invited a gingerbread woman, and I turned them both into mug rugs and called them Ginger and Fred. The pattern is available for free download until Sunday, I will move it to the shop on Monday. This way people who don’t have time during the week to hop from blog to blog will also have a chance to download the pattern. Have a great holiday season and thank you for stopping by today.

Edit: Ginger & Fred moved over to the store and are available for purchase now, if you missed the free download.

Edit: Ginger & Fred sind in den Shop umgezogen. Wer den freien Download verpasst hat, kann sie dort noch erwerben.





And once again the full schedule of the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2018:

Tuesday, November 27
Kwilty Pleasures
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Songbird Designs
Creative Latitude
Ms P. Designs USA
Gray Barn Designs
Alycia Quilts
Happy Cottage Quilter
Sew Many Yarns
For The Love Of Geese
 
Wednesday, November 28
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Vroomans Quilts
It’s A T-Sweet Day!
Domestic Felicity
That Fabric Feeling
Home Sewn By Us
Karrin’s Crazy World
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Bumbleberry Stitches
Melva Loves Scraps
Beaquilter

Thursday, November 29
MooseStashQuilting
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Kathleen McMusing
DesertSky Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Ridge Top Quilt
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Pumpkin Patch BC (that’s me)
Operation Domestic Goddess
Just Let Me Quilt



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New Pattern: Teddy Bear Mug Rug

I am almost done with the Mouse Hunt pattern but it still needs a final edit before it can be published. But I finally managed to write the German version of the Teddy Bear Mug Rug. This was also a gift for a friend who loves teddy bears, and I scattered neon flowers around to add some colour to the design. I like making mug rugs in sets of two with one being the mirror image of the other, and instructions and placement guides are again included for both versions.

Teddy Bear PPP036

Die Anleitung für den Mäusejagd-Quilt ist fast fertig, aber leider eben nur fast, der letzte Schliff fehlt noch, bevor ich sie veröffentlichen kann. Dafür habe ich es aber endlich geschafft, auch die deutsche Version des Teddy Bär Mug Rugs zu schreiben. Auch hier habe ich das Original wieder als Geschenk genäht, für eine Teddy-Bär-Liebhaberin, und die neonbunten Blumen habe ich hinzugefügt, um dem Design etwas Farbe zu geben. Ich verschenke Mug Rugs gern als Set, wobei einer das Spiegelbild des anderen ist, und die Anleitung enthält wieder beide Versionen.




 



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New Pattern: Rainbow Geese Mug Rug

Here is the next of my patterns that I wrote before the quilt show, I just finished the German version today. It is a mug rug that I designed as a gift for a friend, and it is quite different from my usual style. I tried to come up with something that she would like, and a modern look seemed more suitable. The Flying Geese and the Rainbow Stripe are foundation pieced, the triangles are irregular and not suitable for rotary cutting. I made the original gift as a set of two mug rugs, one being the mirror image of the other, and the pattern contains foundation patterns and instructions for both versions.

Rainbow Geese PPP035

Und weiter geht es mit der nächsten Anleitung, die ich vor der Quilt Show geschrieben habe, die deutsche Version habe ich heute endlich beendet. Es ist ein Mug Rug, den ich für eine Freundin entworfen und genäht habe, und er ist vom Stil her ganz anders als meine sonstigen Designs. Ich habe mich absichtlich bemüht, etwas zu nähen, das ihr gefallen würde, und ein moderner Look schien mir da angebrachter. Die Flying Geese und der Regenbogenstreifen sind über Papier genäht. Die Dreiecke sind unregelmäßig und eignen sich nicht zum Schneiden mit dem Rollschneider. Ich hatte als Geschenk ein Set bestehend aus zwei Mug Rugs genäht, wobei einer das Spiegelbild des anderen war, und die Anleitung enthält die Muster für beide Varianten.






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Free Pattern: Maple Leaf Mug Rug

I came across today’s free pattern three years ago, and it has been on my to do list ever since, I just haven’t found the time. Who wouldn’t love a mug rug shaped like a maple leaf? It takes a little effort to work out all the points after turning it but the result is well worth it. Instructions are available here on the Quilting Board in a series of posts by a user called BuzzinBumble or can be downloaded as a pdf file (scroll down for the link).

Maple Leaf Mug Rug

Das heutige freie Muster habe ich schon vor mindestens drei Jahren entdeckt, und es steht seitdem auf meiner To Do Liste, ich habe nur noch keine Zeit dafür gehabt. Ein Mug Rug in Form eines Ahornblatts, das hat mir gleich gut gefallen. Es dürfte zwar ein bisschen fummelig sein, nach dem Wenden alle Spitzen herauszuarbeiten, aber das Ergebnis lohnt den Aufwand auf jeden Fall. Die Anleitung gibt es (auf Englisch mit vielen Bildern) entweder hier auf dem Quilting Board in mehreren Posts von jemandem mit dem Username BuzzinBumble oder als PDF Datei zum herunterladen.


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