Love Your Christmas Home Day 18

Wed 18th, Dec, 2013

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G’day, well here for Love Your Christmas Home 18 today and getting some baking and Christmas cookies done and dusted…I absolutely LOVE the idea of baking special things at Christmas and it has become a tradition in this old cottage for sure…there are a few problems for me, one I’m baking challenged and two the growth of the upper arms when cooking partaking, however, I decided many moons ago to forget those little details and throw myself, quite literally, at the KitchenAid at this time of year and bake.

Sooo your mission today is to bake a batch of cookies, there’s a lovely recipe below too - today we have the lovely Catherine with a recipe, we all love her over here in Beach Cottage land, young, beautiful and embracing the Aussie way of life as much as me…her recipe is for cookies with an Aussie twist, love it.

Remember don’t get too OTT about this, don’t start thinking you will hand-make a million batches of these and deliver them to all the neighbours you have been meaning to speak to all year, don’t think you will wrap these boutique style and take them to Christmas gatherings for every guest, I’m thinking don’t even think about decorating them if you are already very busy - more make a couple of batches and enjoy the time, keep it simple and easy, potter as you do it, put the music on, enjoy the season, and wallow in the waft that is Christmas baking xxx




Hi from Queensland!

All the songs coming across the radio this month sure make walking in a winter wonderland sound romantic… But to me there’s nothing better than waking up Christmas morning to sunshine, kookaburras laughing, and the choice between a post-present exchange trip to the beach or an afternoon spent lazing in a hammock under the poinciana tree.

As a fully fledged convert to the joys of Australian Christmas, making (and eating and sharing) these ginger and tamarind spice cookies has become a much loved holiday tradition. I baked them each year not just because they’re delicious, but also because I feel the recipe is a kind of love letter from me to the steamy Queensland climate. The ode is in the way this little ying-yang biccies perfectly combine the bold, warm, festive flavours we all crave this time of year with the brightness and zing of sun-worshiping glacé ginger and tamarind. To me, they are tropical Christmas in snack form.

Because the smell of a spice cookie baking is pretty much the fastest way to make and house feel cosy and festive, I like to whip up the dough and then pop one batch in the oven straight away. Then I roll up the rest in cling film to keep in the fridge so that when we’ve eaten our way through the first round… or if friends stop by in need of sustenance… I can simply cut a fresh batch from the ‘dough log’ and have fresh cookies served up beside a pot of tea in 15 minutes flat.

Tamarind Spice Cookie Recipe


1/2 cup soft butter

1 cup brown sugar

a thumb sized dollop of tamarind paste

1 egg

3 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp ground cinnamon

a pinch of ground nutmeg

3/4 cup chopped glacé ginger

2 cups flour (or a gluten-free mix)

3/4 tsp baking soda



in a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, tamarind and egg

add in the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and glace ginger

stir in the flour and baking sda

scoop small balls from the mixture (about the size of an unshelled walnut) and rooll each one between your hands to smooth.  Place about 5cm apart on a tray lined with baking paper and press down with your fingers or a fork to flatten

bake in batches 170C (335F) for about 15 minutes




Oh and these here below are my super super easy choc chip cookies – the recipe is a no-brainer, fills the house with pleasure and my kiddos love!



 Enjoy your holiday baking in your pretty not perfect Christmas home!


p.s. pop over to abeachcottage on Pinterest for a couple of other lovely cookie recipes for this season xo


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8 Responses to “Love Your Christmas Home Day 18”

  1. [...] tamarind spice cookie recipe plus a top tip for super easy, cosy holiday entertaining, head over to A Beach Cottage where I’ve shared the full [...]

  2. merilyn says:

    thankyou girls, they look delightful, and I’m sure they taste delicious!
    aromas are so evocative! … it’s lovely that you share a bit of your other countries with us. this climate is certainly easier than the weather they are experiencing. season’s cheer lol m:)X

  3. Our mission is to bake cookies???? Oh if you insist!!! xx (love those pics!! X)

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a fantastic use for that tamarind paste at the back of the fridge.

    i agree Sarah – sitting on a beautiful day looking at he view – even if it is not as warm as Sydney – Wellington at 21oC with no wind is simply perfect :)

  5. kaeru shisho says:

    Oh, how lovely to see your sunscapes and bright holiday pics, while sitting here in the Pacific Northwest under waxpaper skies and moody, fog infested tree lines! Thank you for that breath of warm air.