Black and White Cookies – Schwarz-Weiß-Gebäck

If you want to impress your friends with your baking skills, try out these beautiful cookies. These cookies are actually a lot simpler to make than one thinks! Ingredients: 500 g flour250 g butter125 g confectioners’ sugar1 dash of salt2 eggs2 tablespoons cocoa50 g grated semi-sweet chocolate1 egg white Instructions:…

Children’s Cookies – Weihnachtsplätzchen

When the sweet smell of freshly baked Christmas cookies wafts through the house, the best time of the year has arrived. Enjoy this recipe! Ingredients: 250 g (1 ½ cups) flour125 g (½ cup) butter160 g (¾ cup) sugar1 teaspoon vanilla sugar1 eggpinch of salt Instructions: Combine all ingredients into…

Cinnamon Stars – Zimtsterne

Cinnamon stars are traditional Christmas cookies from Swabia and are made from a nut meringue topped with a mixture of egg whites and sugar. Ingredients: 500 g (4 ½ cups) ground almonds5 egg whites450 g (3 ¾ cups) confectioners’ sugar2 teaspoons cinnamon1 tablespoon Kirschschnaps (cherry liquor) Instructions: Beat egg whites…

Hussar Biscuits – Husarenkrapferl

These cookies are small shortbread pastries filled mostly with red jam. They are found in traditional Austrian Christmas baking. The recipe is mostly unchanged since the second half of the 18th century. Ingredients: 200 g all-purpose flour100 g icing sugar8 g vanilla sugar100 g ground almonds2 egg yolks150 g unsalted…

Jam Cookies – Spitzbuben / Hildabrötchen

These delicious cookies are considered traditional Christmas cookies in Germany, while in Austria they are year-round. There are also different names for them, “Spitzbuben” is a regional synonym for “Hildabrötchen”. Not only are there different names for these cookies but the shape can vary. The hole in the middle is…

Lübeck Style Coconut Macaroons – Lübecker Kokosmakronen

The recipe comes from the city of Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein, on the Baltic Sea coast. Ingredients: 250 g (2 ⅔ cups) coconut flakes, unsweetened5 egg whites250 g (1 ½ cups) confectioners’ sugar400 g (1 ⅔ cups) marzipan 2 tablespoons rumzest from ½ lemon90 g (⅓ cup) unsweetened chocolate2 tablespoons unsalted…

Marzipan Braid – Marzipanzopf

This recipe makes a fluffy yeast dough, with a nice and sweet with marzipan and crunchy almonds. The braid tastes fantastic from breakfast to having friends over for an afternoon. Ingredients: 5 cups flour1 teaspoon yeast1 cup milk⅓ cup sugar1 tablespoon sugar⅓ cup butter1 teaspoon vanilla extractPinch of salt¾ cup…

Mennonite Gingerbread – Mennoniten Lebkuchen

A delicious Christmas treat! Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar1 cup butter, softened2 large eggs½ cup molasses2 cups all-purpose flour½ teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon ground ginger1 cup boiling water2 teaspoons baking sodaWhipped cream, as needed Instructions: Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a 9in. x…

Roasted Goose – Weihnachtsgans

The Weihnachtsgans, or “Christmas goose”, is a traditional Christmas dinner in Germany and neighbouring countries. According to legend, when St. Martin of Tours was to be made a bishop, he was reluctant to do so. As a result, he decided to hide so none could find him and make him…

Shortbread Cookies – Spritzgebäck

Buttery and crumbly makes for delicious Shortbread cookies! This classic cookie is reminiscent colourful cookie plates during Advent. Ingredients: 500 g flour85 g butter85 g margarine2 eggs170 g sugar1 teaspoon vanilla sugar25 g baking powderpinch of salt Instructions: With this recipe, you will need either a meat grinder with cookie…