Hey, hey, who’s that coming to town this week? It’s not Santa yet, but it’s St. Nicholas! Children love him very much and many of them will leave their shoes, boots or stockings out to get a little surprise form their dear Nicholas.

 

We decided to surprise our St. Nicholas this year, too. We love traditions around the world and today we have chosen beautiful, Christmas desserts from Mexico and Brazil. Check them out!

Galletas de Navidad – Mexican Christmas cookies

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Oh we love them so much! They can be lovely holiday gifts and table decoration. This is what you will need:

  • 3/4 of walnuts (chopped)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cups fruit preserves
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1  lime (squeezed)
  • 1/2 cups of orange-flavored cognac liqueur
  • 2 1/2 cups of fruit preserves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  •  1/2 cups of powdered sugar

What we do is:

  • Mix the butter with sugar and flour
  • Add vanilla and egg yolks
  • Mix until you can shape a bigger ball
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes
  • Add flour on top and refrigerate everything for 1h
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF and oil your cookie sheets
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff and add 3/4 cups of sugar
  • While mixing gradually, add ¾ cups of sugar and the lime juice, beat for 1 minute
  • Roll out the dough and place it on the oiled cookie sheet (it should be thin)
  • Mix the preserves with the orange-flavored cognac liqueur
  • Spread the mixture over the dough
  • Cover the preserves with the beaten egg white mixture
  • Add powdered sugar and chopped walnuts
  • Bake for 60 minutes and let it cool down before cut into pieces

When everything is ready, feel free to use variety of food colors to draw colorful patterns on your beautiful cookies.

Stollen de Natal – Brazilian Christmas cake

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This is what this delicious cake looks like and here’s what we need to make one:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablets of yeast
  • 1 cup of warm milk
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1 pound of wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of goiabada (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (chopped) – optional
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

And this is how we prepare this Brazilian beauty:

  • Mix in the salt and sugar with yeast
  • Add the melted butter, eggs and milk
  • Mix it all well
  • Add the flour into the mix and stir well
  • When the dough is prepared, press it well to push the air out
  • Leave the dough for 1h (covered with a cloth)
  • After 1 h, add the walnuts, goiabada and chocolate chips in it

When your cake is ready, fold it in half and shape it in a rectangle. Fold sides inwards toward the center. Place it in your oiled baking pan and leave it to get bigger (double size), then bake it at 350F degrees.

 

Before serving, cover it with powdered sugar.

We’d love to hear from moms who have tried our recipe. Have you made your St. Nicholas happy?