I love cookies and I love all things Christmas. So I was delighted to find Stéphanie Kilgast’s blog and online shop, PetitPlat, where she creates adorable earrings and dollhouse miniatures that look like Christmas cookies. Her attention to detail is remarkable. Prices range from £14 for candy cane post earrings to £36 for elaborate gingerbread houses for a dollhouse. She also makes brooches, necklaces, rings and hair clips. While my interest is in her cookie art, I also was impressed with her other treats, including doughnuts, cupcakes, breads, fruits and other “edibles”.
You don’t have to come from Down Under to appreciate the goodness of ANZAC Biscuits, but you might not be familiar with this Australian acronym or day of remembrance.
Let’s have just a bit of history before we get down to the business of these wholesome biscuits: ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) was a formation of soldiers who were grouped in Egypt before landing at Gallipoli in April 1915 during World War I. ANZAC also referred to any soldier who fought at Gallipoli; and later to any Australian or New Zealand soldier of the First World War.
ANZAC Biscuits are crunchy, coconut-oatmeal cookies created to give the troops a taste of home cooking and to fortify their limited diet with a nutritious snack that bolstered their spirits and energy. They now form a traditional, celebratory element of ANZAC Day — commemorated on April 25 in Australia, New Zealand, The Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands and Tonga — to honor all those who served and died in military operations for their country.
So bring a little of the Outback into your kitchen with a batch of these bikkies — they’re sure to be ace with your mob, particularly the ankle biters!