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Delicious sweet stuff is simply part of the Advent season, so here we present you our favorite Christmas cookie recipes! Homemade cookies not only taste better, it’s also fun to bake them together. The perfect leisure time together with friends for Advent weekends!
Even as children, we enjoyed helping our mothers bake cookies, and not just because you could snack on dough. Cutting out and designing the various cookies was already then a creative pleasure. Baking Christmas cookies together with friends is the most fun: everyone contributes their favorite recipes.
This is the first part of our Christmas Cookie Special: our best-of recipes for the most delicious, chocolaty, fruity and mouth-watering cookies! Already with our places 10-6 I get irrepressible cookie hunger…. 🙂
One of the Christmas cookie recipes that I got from my mother and loved to eat as a child. This typical northern German Christmas pastry is called “cake”, but it is cookies!
Heat syrup, fat and sugar in a saucepan until a uniform mass, stir and let cool. Sift about 300 g of flour into a bowl with cocoa and the spices. Stir in the cooled syrup mixture and the egg. Mix the remaining flour and baking powder sifted into the batter. Mindestens ½ Stunde kaltstellen.
Den Teig auf der bemehlten Arbeitsfläche dünn ausrollen und Weihnachtsplätzchen ausstechen. Die Plätzchen auf mit Backpapier ausgelegte Bleche legen, mit Kondensmilch oder Zuckerguß bestreichen und mit halbierten oder gestifteten Mandeln verzieren.
Bake at 180° convection oven for about 10 min..
Working time: 45 minutes.
Prepare shortcrust pastry, refrigerate for half an hour. Roll out the dough thinly, preferably between cling film and cut out cookies, preferably round, flower or star-shaped. Cut out a hole in the middle of half of the Christmas cookies, you can use a thimble for this, or like me a smaller cookie cutter (see picture). Spread all the cookies on baking sheets lined with baking paper and bake for about 8 min. at 180° degrees.
Now spread jelly on the cookies without the hole and dust the rings with sifted powdered sugar. Carefully grab the rings by the edges and place them on the jelly cookies.
Working time: About 1 hour.
Mix the sugar and the finely ground hazelnut flour. Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until very stiff. Gradually fold in the hazelnut sugar. Spread the dough on wafers and decorate with a whole nut.
Dry more than bake at low heat (convection 100° degrees) in about 30 min.
Working time: 1 hour 20 minutes.
First beat the eggs with salt and sugar until foamy. Chop the candied lemon peel, candied orange peel and the 500 g almonds in a blender or food processor and add to the dough. Line a baking tray with baking paper and lay out the wafers on it. Use a teaspoon to distribute the dough in small heaps on the wafers and smooth it down. Das geht am besten mit einem feuchten Messer! The gingerbread will be best if you let them dry overnight in a cool place before baking.
The next day, preheat the oven for about 10 minutes at 175 degrees, then bake at 150 degrees convection about 20 minutes.
Melt the couverture in a hot water bath, let it set again and melt it again. Now mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice. When the gingerbread has cooled, coat one half with chocolate glaze, the other with icing and decorate with almond halves or another type of nut, such as walnuts.
Working time: 60 minutes.
Knead the soft butter with lemon zest flavoring, powdered sugar (preferably sifted), flour, almonds and egg yolk by hand. Refrigerate the mixture for one hour.
Shape the dough into croissants and place on baking sheets lined with baking paper. Bake at 175° degrees convection oven for about 10 min. Let the lemon croissants cool well.
Stir the jam until smooth. Brush the tops of the croissants first with the jam and then dip them in melted chocolate coating.
Tip: Since I also love ginger, I used a classy ginger lemon jam this time, tastes gigantic! 🙂
Working time: About 1 hour.
Also check out Part 2 of our best Christmas cookie recipes! In addition, many Christmas gift ideas still invite you to browse. And also regardless of the occasion and the season you will find numerous tips for activities with friends, family and with your partner.
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