I was going to copy it onto my blog, but wasn't sure about the copyright issues. Plus, the site it's on is interesting, about all things related to St. Nicholas and St. Nicholas Day.
St. Nicholas Day, December 6, was always a big deal for us children in Germany. The night before, you put your shoes (or boots if you were hoping for a big treat) in front of your room's door and hoped that St. Nicholas came during the night to leave you some goodies, usually chocolate or candy. I was always hoping that I had been good enough (I sometimes had problems in that department), because if you hadn't been good, St. Nicholas would leave a bunch of switches or lumps of coal. I was lucky though in that even if I got a bundle of switches, it always came with little chocolates attached to it!
Even now, Daniel and I find little treats in our Christmas stockings on St. Nicholas Day.
Reading your comments on my last post (thank you!!), I thought about how different some of our customs were growing up in Germany than they for me now, living in the States. I'll have to tell you about some of them in another post.
In the meantime, I hope you'll try making these cookies - they are delicious. We did make some changes to the recipe, which you might try as well. We usually use hazelnuts instead of the walnuts and then add a little hazelnut liqueur to the frosting. I also find that I don't use all of the frosting - makes it a little less sweet! Plus, we just cut them into diamond shapes instead of making them into half moons. Enjoy!!