[The ninth – Chocolate and pretzels cookies in a jar]

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pretzel cookies

The house smells like mulled wine. Fairy-lights have been plugged. Cookies have been sent in a jar. A wreath has been hung at the door.

It really start to feel like Christmas around here.

fairy lights

We’re only missing a tree and perhaps, a dinner back home, with our families. But hopefully, one of those will come true next week if I find the courage and super-powers to carry a Christmas tree back home.

And while I’m on the subject, anyone knows where to find one around Clapham?

I definitely wouldn’t want to miss on this tradition. Ever so more that I’m already eight-day late on this.
At my home – the one in France – we always decorate the tree on the very first day of the month. Then the presents start piling up as they are bought.

At night, we watch movies, while sipping through a green tea for me, or camomile for my mum and sister, and a (cold) coffee for my dad.

During the day, we bake. Christmas cake, brownies, and cookies. My mum also makes the best pain d’épices, while my sister writes the labels for the jars to be sent.

pretzels-cookies

Jars filled with flour, light brown sugar, chocolate chunks, nuts. And perhaps, mostly filled with love.

pretzel cookies jar

They’re so easy to make. And you can be certain they always please. So there you have them: cookies in a jar, with a new 2010 addition: crushed pretzels. Because, deep inside, I think that your heart looks like a pretzel.

This year, I’ve used those beautiful jars from Jme.

jar

But really, you could use any recipe you like. Just make sure the total content fits your jar and leave out the butter and eggs for the lucky recipient to add.

Or you can start layering:
140g plain flour, mixed with one heaped tsp baking powder
100g strong flour
110g caster sugar
, mixed with the seeds from one vanilla pod
150g light brown
180g milk chocolate
, chopped
a handful of pretzels, crushed

And add a little note: add 140g butter and one egg.