I must admit that this Christmas spirit has yet to hit me but the baking has.
I am one of those people who like to give edible gifts to young and old and hope that it brings a smile to their faces.  
It’s all about handmade and giving someone something you created is much more valuable for me than popping into a shop and grabbing something off the shelf.

I remember many years ago whilst studying I had given a friend a card I had made and another “friend” asked why I didn’t have time to just buy one.  
It has been about 11 years and I still remember that like it was yesterday.  
The reason I thought of this again was because we were going to wrap a birthday present for one of Amelie’s friends and I asked her to grab a painting of hers so we can wrap the present up in, she then asked me if we had “real” wrapping paper because everyone else uses real wrapping paper so why don’t we…. a part of me was a little sad that she thought real wrapping paper was prettier that her artwork
So back to handmade Christmas, here’s a recipe for Lebkuchen which just made our house smell deliciously of Christmas.
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
makes about 30-40
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 30-40
  • 100g butter at room temperature
  • 250g golden syrup (or a mixture of both golden syrup & treacle)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 350g plain flour
  • 60g cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. preheat oven to 180C/160C fan and line baking trays with paper
  2. place butter and golden syrup into a small saucepan and continuously stir over a low heat until smooth and melted. remove from heat and add the milk
  3. sift dry ingredients into a bowl and add butter mixture and mix until combined and mixture comes together
  4. roll out onto baking paper about 7-8mm thick
  5. cut out shapes and place onto prepared trays and bake for around 10-20 minutes depending on sizes, just until lightly browned, a 6cm shape may take up to 20 minutes
  6. cool slightly and place onto a wire rack to cool completely
  7. you can decorate by dipping in chocolate or piping chocolate or icing words onto them



If you are in Melbourne and would like to do a Christmas Cookie workshop with me on the 4th of December, details are here
Hope you enjoy the following weeks before the Christmas rush.