Did Sankt Nikolaus (Saint Nicholas) visit you this weekend?
He made a stop at my house while we were celebrating Sankt Nikolaustag (Saint Nicholas day) and left homemade, gluten-, soy-, nut-, coconut-, and dairy-free gingerbread cookie dough truffles covered in a raw white chocolate. None of my guests were taken by Knecht Ruprecht, so I guess they've all been good this year!
Last year when I asked what's in your shoe, I shared the story of how I started hosting a Sankt Nikolaustag party and the delicious treats we enjoyed. This year, the treats were just as tasty and accompanied by a game of White Elephant.
On Wednesday, the first treat was attempted: gingerbread cookie dough truffles. For Thanksgiving, I made a gingerbread cookie crust using Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking. When I tasted the dough, I immediately wanted to eat the entire bowl. The idea to make the dough into truffles came to me with that first taste. But what could I cover the truffles in? I needed something free of all the major allergens, so I turned to Fork and Beans. Sarah previously used the raw white chocolate for a tea sweet. Three grocery stores later, I had all the ingredients for the chocolate (raw cacao butter was harder to find than I thought, but the Natural Grocers didn't disappoint). Sam and I rolled the dough, covered it in white chocolate, let it set in the fridge, and covered them again. Wrapped in little treat bags, the truffles lived in my fridge until they were placed in the shoes of each guest.
I wasn't sure the truffles would be tasty so while they were in the fridge the first time, Sam and I made Mexican Wedding Cookies. This is how the night's slogan, so simple a Sam could do it, came to be. These cookies are simple, quick, and insanely delicious. Sam's help with the truffles and cookies was much appreciated.
Thursday night I made pizzelles. Although my pizzelles were imperfect–most of the cookies were pieces rather than full circles–the trouble was worth it. Anise is one of my favorite flavors in a cookie and despite the mess, the guests enjoyed the pizzelle bits just as much as they would have enjoyed fully formed pizzelles.
Friday night I rolled out the cutout cookies while Sam and I watched Elf. Most of the cookies were Christmas themed; however, there were a few octopi and elephants for Sam and myself. The cutouts baked, cooled, and were ready to be frosted. I piped a drizzle of frosting onto the cookies and Sam sprinkled them. He was quite the Sankt Nikolaustag helper (on Saturday, he helped me clean my apartment!). With the cutouts frosted, the cookies were arranged on the table for the guests.
Saturday, after cleaning the apartment, Sam and I enjoyed Thai food at a restaurant where the host, server, and chef were one person. Full of lamb curry, I was ready for cookies and a game of White Elephant.
The table with all the cookies, ready to be consumed.
A popular holiday party game, White Elephant goes by house rules. I posted my rules on the invite for Sankt Nikolaustag:
Bring one wrapped gift to put under the tree. The gift can be something you have in your house and/or something whimsical or handmade, but don't spend more than $10!
Each of us will draw a number to determine what order we'll go in.
Lucky number 1 will select their gift and unwrap it for all to see.
We'll continue opening gifts according to number. You can either grab a new gift from under the tree, or choose to steal someone's gift.
During each turn, gifts can be stolen up to three times. After the person who is next numerically unwraps or steals a gift, the opportunity to steal opens up to the group.
After everyone has opened a gift, lucky number 1 gets to swap gifts with whoever they choose!
We drew numbers and had an extra present under the tree (one of the guests couldn't attend, but wanted to contribute something he no longer needed).
The game was timid. We enjoyed opening presents, and a few people stole, but the best part happened at the very end. One guest brought a pair of small Nerf guns. The packages were ripped open and a Nerf battle occurred across my kitchen table.
We laughed, dodged Nerf darts, and ate cookies. We each took turns adding to a collaborative typewriter poem. The celebration of holidays and friendship was captured on red paper.
Die vierte jährliche Sankt Nikolaustag Party: ein Gedicht
The Fourth Annual Saint Nicholas Day Party: A Poem
Holidays are for gathering.
To gather: together.
holiday: holy day.
we gather on holy days
so let us raise a glass.
toast to those wemeet and those mi s
this is how we pray.
Four years_–communal gatgerubg
a (home ) with lights
fuck yes friends
a bout everytin
bright, merry ,memories
h nk you for hosting a nd baking
all the great cookies
holidays tme to prepare a brand
is blue in the ribbons of
waves under white
sun strokes fly
at summer squints
glinting in the sun
small shining birds take
n twilights ominous tint
o r endless, nu bered days
wr pped in the pro issof ani la
collerbons cri kled like sand
ask me where ive been