Thursday, 10 December 2015

Vanilla Crescents and Solstice Sunset
Christmas Cookies made in Vienna


Vanilla Crescents
My family's favorite
Austrian Christmas cookies


Baking as the sun is setting
on the shortest day of the year


A sheet of Vanillakipferl,
dusted with powdered sugar,
in the golden evening glow,


and outside,
a painted winter sky -
the angels baking cookies,
as my mother used to say

Photographed Sunday Evening
21 December 2014
Images and Text © by Merisi

28 comments:

  1. Hi Merisi, I absolutely love that photograph of the winter sky and silhouette trees. You are a true artist. I wish you a wonderful Christmas filled with angel baked cookies and hope to meet up with you again in some enchanting coffee shop in 2015, if only in the virtual world. x

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    1. Thank you, Valerie, merry Christmas to you and yours, too!
      Who knows, there may be an enchanting coffee shop somewhere in the real world.

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  2. I love the atmosphere in your images. What a gorgeous sight when baking.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Thank you, and yes, the view is enchanting, always. ;-)

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  3. The last photo is noteworthy anywhere.

    Tomás.

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    1. Yes, it is! And baking my own meager selection of cookies makes me realize what a wonder woman my mother was! She baked the most complicated cookies, and in great quantities. After all, she had to feed a family of ten! ;-)

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  5. I wish I could eat one of those crescents right now.

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    1. I have to be really hold myself back, to not go and steal one myself!
      (We were allowed to only eat broken or burnt ones, when we were children. Imagine, standing watch around the kitchen, hoping something bad would happen to the one or other cookie! The first "good" cookies were served on Christmas Eve, never earlier.

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    1. They go very well also with Early Grey tea with milk! ;-)

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    1. They are, they are! Barely any sugar in the pastry dough, the dusting of powdered vanilla sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness, bringing the almond taste to the fore.

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  8. The best Christmas cookie! We call them vanilias kifli..........Peace and joy be with you!

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    1. Oh, I love that name, Kristi! How did those cookies become part of your Christmasses?
      May all that's good be with you!

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  9. Love the imagery (and the image) of "the Angels baking cookies".

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    1. Every day, at Christmastime, when i see the sun set in hues of gold and magenta, I hear my mother's voice, "The angels are baking, again!" - when I was little I believed her, I even saw little angel children with wings scurrying about in the celestial kitchen.

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    2. A lovely image, those baking angels. I'll remember that.

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  10. So many of the senses involved here!

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  11. if i hadn't eaten so much yesterday i might be licking the computer screen to get some of those

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  12. Oh, so beautiful! And I may have to make those cookies soon.

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  13. LOVE YOUR MAMA"S SAYING!!!!!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS............XX

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  14. Ummmm, those Crescent Cookies look so yummy.
    Beautiful photos Merisi,
    I just can't seem to get my motor going this morning.
    So much to do and here I sit!

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    1. Suffered from the same condition this morning, Sue! :-)

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  15. Beautiful skies, and beautiful cookies! I'm going to remember your mother's saying--so sweet.

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  16. Beautiful skies, but now I think I need to bake some more cookies. :-)

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