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Oreo Biscotti – a sweet Christmas gift

Usually as soon as the calendar hits the 1st of December, I start Youtubing Christmas playlists… Who am I kidding, I start doing it mid-November!

To be honest, I wasn’t feeling very festive last year, because it was my first Christmas in Thailand. I guess I either miss snow, cold yet sunny Lithuanian winters, or the appalling British weather. Apart from the snowless winter, I am very jolly and I hope you are too. If not – just stick to your 5-a-day (and by that I mean mulled wine!).

Cosy Christmas in Leeds... with a Waitrose coffee-cup Christmas tree :)
Cosy Christmas in Leeds… with a Waitrose coffee-cup Christmas tree 🙂

For our last Christmas in the UK, Auste and I decided to make gifts for our friends and family ourselves, and I have to say it was definitely worth it. We had so much fun looking for crafting materials, recipes and spare boxes from work, and the result did give a magical festive feeling. We made Oreo biscotti as one of the gifts and they turned out excellent. If you follow the recipe, they should come out very moreish. Hence, make more if you’re making these crunchies for both your friends, and yourself to enjoy. Two days later they no longer existed in our place…

So surprise your friends and try the recipe below. If you’re an average Joe, you should really have every ingredient and would only need to buy the Oreos or vanilla extract.

oreo biscotti homemade Christmas gift ideas
Fresh out of the oven – you just want to find the broken ones and taste, then you find more and more until you’re full.

Makes 40+ biscotti

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons butter

2/3 cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs

2 cups flour

20 Oreo cookies, chopped (trust me, 20 is NOT too much)

Optional decoration:

100g white chocolate

1 tablespoon butter

3 Oreo cookies, cookie part only, finely crushed

Icing sugar (about 3 tablespoons)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 180 C (350 degrees F). Line baking tray with baking paper.

2) Using a fork mix butter, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and baking powder in a bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs.

3) Slowly (to avoid lumps) add flour and mix until smooth, then stir in chopped Oreos.

4) Divide the dough in half, shape into 2 logs on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.

5) Remove the biscotti logs from oven and cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 160 C (325 degrees F).

6) When they cool down, slice the logs into 2 cm slices leaving small gaps between them. Bake for an additional 25 mins until golden (or less for softer biscotti). Remove and cool completely.

a Christmas packet full of homemade goodness that Auste sent to her family
a Christmas packet full of homemade goodness that Auste sent to her family

Last Christmas in pictures

It is fascinating how a few moments of doing something you don’t enjoy feel like a million years, yet when you look back at the good memories from year(s) ago, it feels as if they happened only yesterday.

Fortunately the good memories visit us much more often than the unwanted ones. Compared to this year’s tropical celebration, last Christmas was so cosy and special, that we decided to share some of those beautiful moments here. Happy holidays!

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Christmas in Bangkok

It’s cold. I’m actually wearing a shawl most mornings because at 6am it feels a bit chilly. The temperature gets as low as 20 degrees. No, that’s not below 0.  And yes, I never thought I’d call 20 degrees cold, but now I do. Even the street dogs are wearing clothes!

And it’s nice, it feels a bit more Christmassy than it did a couple of weeks ago. We were taking some pictures to send instead of Christmas cards and couldn’t understand why it was so ridiculously hot… then we saw a thermometer showing 40 degrees. Hence, the only time you can feel the Christmas mood is travelling on the skytrain after dusk – when you’re inside a train with aircon set to probably 16 and you see all the Christmas lights through the window.

Christmas Bangkok

Christmas Bangkok
Merry Christmas!

It’s interesting that even though everything is decorated for Christmas and there are Christmas trees all over the place, we couldn’t find any Christmas cards to buy.

For the past 3 days at school all I’ve been doing with the girls was listening to Christmas songs while they were making Christmas cards. I couldn’t believe how creative they were – those were the most beautiful cards I’ve seen kids make! Even the non-participant naughty girls got involved – I was amazed:)

Xmas cards

And what a celebration we had at school today! We were singing Christmas songs during the morning ceremony, the little ones were dressed up as angels, reindeers.. And when multiple Santas were throwing sweets into the crowd, the girls looked like a colourful sea with waives rising up wherever candy appeared! And there was non-stop partying in every classroom afterwards…

But it still doesn’t feel like Christmas Eve. It almost feels as if Christmas has come and gone without a trace.

Maybe it’s because we’re not having the traditional Christmas Eve dinner and we’ll be eating pasta, olives and cheese with wine instead. Reason being these things are so expensive here that we decided that will be our Christmas present for ourselves. We’ve even received cheese by post as a gift!:)

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Or maybe it doesn’t feel like Christmas because Vidmantas has to work tomorrow, so we won’t have the usual long lazy Christmas morning with coffee and tons of chocolate and clementines, presents and wrapping paper all over the place…

But then… Vidmantas came home and I realised that’s what’s been missing to feel like Christmas!

Merry Christmas