German Christmas Cookies 101
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Springerle (little jumpers): Once you try these they'll jump off the plate. These anise flavored cookies have a crisp, intricate exterior and a chewy center. The dough is pressed into carved molds to form the pictures of amazing detail. Beautiful, edible, little works of art. The jewel in the crown of German Christmas cookies. Dairy free, too.
Bayerisches Butterbrot (Bavarian butter bread). A satisfying and complex flavor mix of ground hazelnuts and dark chocolate with a tangy lemon glaze. A great cookie for highlighting the wonderful hazelnuts of Oregon. The original format is supposed to look like buttered rye bread but we think ours is much prettier!
Spitzbuben (rascals) Our sandwich cookie version is the happy union of pecan shortbread held together with rose hip jam before going through a dusting of powdered sugar: an incredibly rich treat. Sometimes we use quince jam instead but either way, they are delicious. Sue's personal favorite.
Kullerauge, (round or rolling eye): A very delicate cookie which crumbles under the teeth. The rich lemon zest infused butter cookie provides a perfect contrast to the tart, jewel-red currant jelly filling. Sprinkled with hagelzucker (hail sugar) It looks like the holidays and you'll feel like you are at tea with the Queen!
Heidesand (heath sandy) WARNING: Don't be deceived by its simple appearance, this delicious “sandy” made with browned butter and a smidge of cardamom might have you craving its buttery flavor and slightly carmelized texture at all hours of the night. They are dangerously good.......
Spritzgebäck (extrusion cookie): Not only engineers love spritzgebäck and no wonder! This elegant, buttery confection has an added layer of flavor with the addition of ground up almonds and then we top it off with a button of dark chocolate. Perfection!
Mecklenburgerische Pfeffernüsse, (Mecklenburg peppernut): Probably not the usual shape you are used to seeing. This version of a classic German Christmas cookie comes from Northeast Germany and contains rosewater and both orange and lemon zests. It's a super thin, spice cookie which emits a crisp sound upon biting. Great with tea!