Christmas without at least one round of Secret Santa doesn’t feel like Christmas at all!
I love to surprise people with handmade gifts and now I’ll share my ideas with you..
That’s how it looked like when I wrapped and packed everything for shipping (that’s because my gift had to travel all the way from the south of Germany to Berlin!) :
I loved the red and white color scheme! It just looks so classy and elegant..
And here’s what was inside!
makes about 500ml
- 2 pomegranates
- 500ml white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
Halve the pomegranate and remove the seeds. Add the seeds, vinegar and honey to a pot and bring everything to a boil. Pour it into a big bottle and allow the seeds to infuse the vinegar for 2 days. Strain the seed and fill the vinegar into pretty bottles.
My second gift in the parcel was…
Star Shaped Pasta
- 250g flour
- 2 eggs
- 25ml olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all the ingredients with 25ml water and knead until a smooth dough forms. Take a part of the dough and use a pasta machine to roll it out until it’s about 1-2 mm thin. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out the pasta, then put it on a clean tea towel to dry. Repeat until you used up all the dough. Let the pasta dry overnight before packing.
And last but not least – something for the sweet tooth!
Raspberry Pistachio Cookies with White Chocolate
makes about 35 cookies
- 125g soft butter
- 100g brown sugar
- 2-3 drops vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 225g flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 50g chopped white chocolate
- 40g chopped pistachios
- 20g freeze dried raspberries
Preheat oven to 345°F.
Whip up butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the egg. Mix flour and baking powder and add to the batter. Stir until everthing is evenly combined. Fold in chocolate, pistachios and raspberries – it’s the easiest to mix them in with your hands.
Form little balls of dough and put them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Flatten the balls a little bit with your hands, then bake them for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool down and serve.
Those cookies are full of flavor and my personal favorite of the parcel.
Which recipe do you like best?
Also I have to say thanks to Sarah from the Crunchy Cottage who organized the whole Secret Santa Project! ❤
Stay sweet & HAPPY SECRET SANTA-ING!