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Food In Motion: Christmas Cookies Two Ways

Hello everyone! We are Liz & Jewels with another episode of Food In Motion! Every month on decor8 we want to show you a video with a beautiful recipe that we like. Since we began in March we’ve alternated months, so I take one month and Jewels takes the next… This month we have a special Christmas gift for you! The concept of our blog is that we challenge eachother every week: We cook, style and photograph the same recipe on two continents. Liz in Muenster, Germany and Jewels in Brooklyn, USA. So for this Food in Motion episode we exchanged a christmas cookie recipe and we both made the cookies at the same time! We didn’t know what the other one was up to and were thrilled when we saw eachother’s films! Jewels (and her dog Lola!) made a darker version of the “Almond Sugar Cookies” in Brooklyn, sprinkling them with black and gold sugar (which she had never heard or seen of!) and I called the kids together and had a fun, but also a little bit crazy afternoon, baking a more colorful version of the same cookies in my German home. We’ve combined both very short videos into one below, so please watch it and let us know what you think.

Liz: The kids just loved helping. Putting on aprons, washing hands, kneading the dough, selecting the cookie cutters…. But the best part was decorating them! They just loved the colorful sprinkles and couldn’t wait to use them. It was a little bit tough baking, keeping an eye on the cookies and on the three cuties, but it was worth it and they had tons of fun!

Christmas Cookies

Jewels: My dog Lola volunteered to help my with the baking of the cookies, but I thought that lovely friend Kristen was a better choice. Lola kept a close eye on us though, to make sure we would follow the recipe to the tee. The three of us a had a beautiful, calm afternoon because my husband had taken our baby Clementine out with him. It probably was a bit more quiet than Liz’ kids afternoon, but isn’t it great how one recipe can have two so different outcomes? I made the darker, more “Brooklyn style” version of sugar cookies, but they tasted great and we all loved them. And of course – one moment of not paying attention and Lola got her share of cookies, too. She loved them!



Almond Sugar Cookies
1 3/4 sticks of cold butter
1/3 cups of sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg
3/4 cups ground almonds
1 1/3 cups of flour

powdered sugar
colorful sprinkles
or colored sugar

 How To: With an electric mixer, cream butter, salt and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Gradually add the flour and the ground almonds, beat until combined. Place the dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Roll out the dough on flour dusted kitchen counter and cut shapes with cookie cutters. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool before decorating.

We wish all readers around the world wonderful holidays and thank you so much for all your great feedback, inspiration and warm words during our Food in Motion time this year on decor8! See you in 2014!

Liz & Jewels

(images/video: liz & jewels)

Posted by decor8 in Food In Motion on December 18, 2013

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  1. Christina commented
    December 18th, 2013 at 2:58pm

    I make my cookies with sprinkles and no icing too! Yummy!

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  2. Saskia commented
    December 18th, 2013 at 5:34pm

    Looks so fresh and beautiful!
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  3. Kreetta commented
    December 18th, 2013 at 6:12pm

    Great co-operation. I wish you Merry Merry X-mas too and thanks for sharing!
    Kreetta´s last blog post ..Is It Vintage – Happy Families Playing Cards

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  4. Hues+Cues commented
    December 18th, 2013 at 8:02pm

    The black sprinkled snowflake and star sugar cookies are fantastic! Love the dark spin on sugar cookies.

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  5. Ananda commented
    December 18th, 2013 at 8:35pm

    I love how the cookies look so festive with the sprinkles over. They make the holidays more beautiful and yummy!

    Another lovely Food in Motion video! Thanks for sharing the love Holly, Liz & Jewels. Happy Holidays!
    Ananda´s last blog post ..DIY Christmas Ornaments with Burlap Twine

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  6. Olivia commented
    December 18th, 2013 at 11:11pm

    These look delicious! I cant wait to try these- perfect for the holiday festivities. Yum!
    Olivia´s last blog post ..Holiday gift guide

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  7. Martina commented
    December 19th, 2013 at 1:18am


    Would there be any chance of getting the measurements in gram rather than cups and sticks? Would be really great…


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  8. Paula commented
    December 19th, 2013 at 1:49am

    Butter sticks in Mexico are 90 grams each. Will those do? Can’t wait to try out the recipe, cookies look so yummy!

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  9. Lucy Chen commented
    December 19th, 2013 at 3:31am

    I LOVE cookies!
    Lucy Chen´s last blog post ..The Top 3 Resources for Planning Your 2014

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  10. Shalagh Hogan commented
    December 19th, 2013 at 4:11am

    Ladies! Quirky, funky, funny fun Christmas cookie baking. Perfect!
    Shalagh Hogan´s last blog post ..Aspirations

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  11. Cintia Soto commented
    December 19th, 2013 at 8:44am

    I love the video, the cookies look great, honestly this is the first time that I see black color in a cookie very interesting. Yummy though.
    Cintia Soto´s last blog post ..Holidays with family and friends…

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  12. Anne Byerley commented
    December 19th, 2013 at 9:50am

    Thank you so much for these they look absolutely yummy and hubby is maoning that there are no biscuits in the house so shall be going to make them shortly.
    I am visiting for the first time and love your blog, so am following in all ways I can.
    I hope that you have a wonderful day.
    Love and best wishes.
    Anne Byerley´s last blog post ..The Dragons Den: Its Cold Outside

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  13. decor8 commented
    December 19th, 2013 at 10:25am

    @Martina – You can do a conversion online at this site:

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  14. Aleesha Banks commented
    December 19th, 2013 at 11:33am

    I just love the cookie of Christmas tree and the black star…Love this ..Mmmmm

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  15. mel commented
    December 21st, 2013 at 2:41am

    Oh girls what a gorgeous video, it made me smile. Another great production! xx
    mel´s last blog post ..Enjoy

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  16. Toni commented
    December 24th, 2013 at 3:36am

    How much butter is 1 3/4 stick? Like 1 stick and 3/4 of a stick? Or 1 and 3/4 cups?

    @Martina – You can do a conversion online at this site:

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