Knerken (Cardamom Biscuits)

Luisa Weiss’s Classic German Baking is still giving me wonderful baking ideas –  today’s recipe is a crispy shortbread-style biscuit. Cardamom is far less prevalent in German baking than Scandinavian, except for the northernmost parts; I’ve added my own twists and made it GF.

The dough should be made in advance and stored in the fridge until ready for baking.

Makes: around 30 biscuits depending on size
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Canine Crunchy Biscuits

My Canine Liver Treats are the bomb. But I keep getting asked to make crunchy biscuits for dogs. I’ve done the research and practice, so you don’t have to; you can make these at home for a fraction of the cost of posh treats. Drying the vegetables is necessary, so start the night before.

Several veg & herb/spice suggestions are in the footnotes, as well as an option to add meat or fish.

Makes: 30+ treats depending on size
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Nussecken – Nut and Fruit Bars

I recently bought Luisa Weiss’s ‘Classic German Baking’ and wanted to make this very popular German treat. But, I lacked the main ingredient of these hazlenut bars; so I used what I had to hand – pecans. (The original recipe says you could use almonds or walnuts instead of hazlenuts.)

These are the most luxurious and posh gluten-free flapjacks you’ll eat.

Makes: up to 24 bars depending on size
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Palmiers – Sweet and Savoury

This week the coeliacs unfortunately got shafted, because I had shop-bought puff pastry in the freezer begging to be used. Making GF puff pastry from scratch will probably never appear on these pages …

So many flavour combinations to try; here are 1 sweet and 1 savoury suggestion, but more choices are in the Flavour Options footnotes.

Makes: up to 6 dozen depending on size (see Sizing footnote)
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Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe exists everywhere – so I can’t attribute it to any one source. You’ll often find it on sites/in cookbooks encouraging children to bake, as it has minimal ingredients and it’s quite fun to make.

If you have wee bairns in your life, do make this recipe with them – it’s so very easy and quick, and makes deliciously chewy cookies.

Makes: 2-3 dozen cookies depending on size

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Walnut and Cardamom Shortbread

There are eleventy-two variations provided on my gluten-free Sablé shortbread recipe but still I wondered ‘what else?’ Nuts! Cardamom & walnut are oft-used together in Persian cooking, so I opted for that combo, with an icing drizzle.

The dough should be made in advance, and stored in the fridge or freezer until ready for baking.

Makes: 30+ biscuits depending on size/thickness
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