Secret Santa Cookies (Wichtel Kekse)

Secret Santa Cookies

We have a nice tradition at work: Secret Santa or as it is called here wichteln. For those who are not familiar with the tradition, every year before Christmas we make some paper tickets with the names of all the people from work. One by one we pull a ticket and the name on it is the lucky person we are buying a present for. But, we keep it a secret (as the name says) until we have our Christmas Party and there we reveal who has bought which gift for whom. So somewhere before Christmas it can happen that you come to work and there lies a little present for you on your desk!

I am really looking forward to it, it will be my first Secret Santa at work! And because I recently bought a cute little cookie cutter including an alphabet stamping set I was eager to make some cookie tickets, instead of the good old paper ones. So once you have your ticket, you can immediately eat it and destroy the evidence 😀

Obviously, I needed a simple cookie dough recipe that would not spread too much as otherwise you could not see the letters probably. So I tried different cookie recipes and I went with a Christmas version: a simple cookie recipe with different spices and honey to make it  a bit more special. I made obviously way too much and had some double, just to make sure that I end up with at least one cookie where you can read the name clearly and in the end pick the best ones 😛 The rest my boyfriend and I were happy to enjoy with a glass of milk 😉

Secret Santa Cookies

  1. Add butter, honey and soft sugar in a pan and let it melt on medium heat, cool down slightly and transfer to the bowl of your kitchen machine if using
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients in another bowl
  3. Add half the amount of the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture and mix
  4. Add the egg
  5. Add the other half of the dry ingredients and mix until all is combined
  6. Keep the dough in the fridge for a few hours or over night
  7. Flour your working surface and roll out the dough quickly. It works best when the dough is cool
  8. Cut out the cookies and press the letters into the dough
  9. Line your baking tray with some baking paper
  10. Bake the cookies in 10-12 minutes at 160°C fan oven (180°C in a regular one)

And for these cute Secret Santa cookies I used my self-made paper cookie bowl to present it and for people to pull their Secret Santa cookies out of it  🙂 You can find a simple DIY on how to make those paper bowls and bags here. Enjoy the pre-Christmas time! I am sure I will, it is the best time of the year and now I am off to think about what gift I could get that person I am Secret Santa for… hmmm….

 Secret Santa Cookies

Ingredients

  • 75g Butter
  • 100g Honey
  • 125g soft brown Sugar
  • 50g Almonds, grounded
  • 250g Flour
  • 1 Tsp Mixed Spice
  • a pinch of grated Lemon zest
  • 1 Egg
Wichtelkekse / Secret Santa Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 75g Butter
  2. 100g Honey
  3. 125g soft brown Sugar
  4. 50g Almonds, grounded
  5. 250g Flour
  6. 1 Tsp Mixed Spice
  7. a pinch of grated Lemon zest
  8. 1 Egg
Instructions
  1. Add butter, honey and soft sugar in a pan and let it melt on medium heat, cool down slightly and transfer to the bowl of your kitchen machine if using
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients in another bowl
  3. Add half the amount of the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture and mix
  4. Add the egg
  5. Add the other half of the dry ingredients and mix until all is combined
  6. Keep the dough in the fridge for a few hours or over night
  7. Flour your working surface and roll out the dough quickly. It works best when the dough is cool
  8. Cut out the cookies and press the letters into the dough
  9. Line your baking tray with some baking paper
  10. Bake the cookies in 10-12 minutes at 160°C fan oven (180°C in a regular one)
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    1. Hallo Ina, lieben Dank für deinen Kommentar 🙂 Ja genau, ich bin vor kurzem in die Schweiz gezogen. Hmm ich wäre ja noch genau rechtzeitig fürs wichteln… ich schau mir das mal genauer an 😀 Danke dir!

    1. Hallo Ina, lieben Dank für deinen Kommentar 🙂 Ja genau, ich bin vor kurzem in die Schweiz gezogen. Hmm ich wäre ja noch genau rechtzeitig fürs wichteln… ich schau mir das mal genauer an 😀 Danke dir!

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