A Mouthful of Treat to Eliminate Trouble: Elf Coins Mini Biscuit

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  Elf, the movie

Elves are known to be tiny, dwarf-like creatures, either male or female, with pointed ears. They are youthful, immortal and have magical powers that can control what humans see and experience. Their live secretly underground, in forests, in springs or wells.  It is also believed that on the 6th of January the elves light up their torches and leave from their secret village to play in hidden fields to celebrate the last day of Christmas.

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Elves have a fascinating history that is associated with Germanic paganism. Elves are originally seen to be the creatures of light who lived in the heavens. Elves and fairies are also highly associated with the mushroom “Amanita Muscaria”, also referred to as “magic mushrooms” not only in art but in Psychedelic experiences. Centuries ago, in the pagan times, Scandinavian people believed that elves are house gnomes who guarded their homes against evil. If one is good, the elves were good to them, but if one was bad, mischievous elves would play tricks on them. People also believed that the gnomes could quickly turn nasty when not  treated properly. Tricks that people blamed on elves were endless, including giving humans nightmares by sitting on their head while you were sleeping, tangling hair over night, making milk turn sour, and stealing food. In folk believes it was common to think that if a bowl of porridge was left on the doorstep at night, the elves would be happy and not subject the people in the house to their ornery antics. Throughout the centuries, they were either loved or hated.  The perception of gnomes largely depended on whether a person was naughty, or nice.

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The ‘true’ purpose of the elves was introduced by the Scandinavians by the mid-1800’s , due to the work of some popular writers. Elves – already a tradition associated with story telling and magic, assumed a new significance and their true intention began to be held as nothing else but to help Father Christmas or Santa Claus. Elaborate Christmas festivals gained popularity and Scandinavian story tellers, artists described the elves role in life and during this period the elves began to be referred to as the “Christmas elves”, or simply “elves”, and not “house gnomes” anymore. They were said to have duties, like taking care of Santa’s reindeer and keep his sleigh in good condition. Others help Santa keep his “Naughty and Nice List” in order, and some elves guard the secret location of Santa’s village. Elves of today are believed to make sudden appearances in the days before Christmas, to keep an eye on each children and see which of them are behaving well and obeying their parents.

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“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”  Elf, the movie

Ingredients
113 g butter
50 g sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
140 grams all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
100 g finely chopped walnuts

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Method
Preheat an oven to 176 degrees C. In the bowl mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Separate the egg and add the egg yolk to the batter.Add the vanilla extract. Add the flour and salt to the batter and beat until just combined. On a lightly floured surface form a log from the dough and cut it into about 30 equal pieces. Form a ball from each piece and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Slightly beat the egg white. Dip a ball into the whisked egg white and then roll in the nuts lightly. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet spacing about 2,5 cm apart. Flatten each cookie with the back of a spoon.Bake for about 13-15 minutes.Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack and let cool.Decorate as desired (with chocolate, icing or glaze).

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