Almond Christmas Cookies

2.5 hours

easy

80 cookies

Almond Christmas Cookies is a traditional German cookie. It is super easy to make and tastes divine! A white crunchy and nutty cookie for the whole family!

Almond Christmas Cookies have a lot of history; a recipe passed down to me from my German mother-in-law, which was passed down to her, etc. Called Friesenkekse in German, these white cookies contain a lot of almonds inside the dough and as decoration. These are my kids’ favourite Christmas cookies to this day, so I had to share the vintage recipe!

History

Almond Christmas Cookies

Friesenkekse comes from Northern Germany and is usually served with black tea. Germans tend to cook their multitudes of fantastic cookies only around the Holiday season. This version of almond cookies is no exception. They come from way back, and the family changed a thing or two from what I could see online. The usual recipe contains no almonds; it’s basically a sablé cookie. But this version got some in and out of the cookie, making it much nuttier.

Technique

Almond Christmas Cookies

It’s a type of ‘dry cookie,’ not chewy, and falls apart quickly. While mixing the dough, you’ll see it’s dry and needs to be squeezed well to hold it together. The technique is the same as sugar cookies: you roll the dough into a cylinder and let it wrap up in the fridge until it’s firm. A minimum of 2 hours, but frankly, the recipe says 24 hours. Then, once firm and cold, you cut it into thin slices and decorate it with extra shaved almonds. Like sugar cookies, you want to keep the heat low; you don’t want to colour the cookies. They need to stay as white as possible.

Texture Fix

Add an extra egg yolk if your dough is still not holding well after a long mixing process. All-purpose flour is used, but the absorption levels can differ from country to country.

German almond cookie

Rolling

When it’s time to roll the cookie into cylinders, help yourself with a sushi mat or a wooden table mat to make it as round as possible. Well, oval is the typical form you would want for these. Make sure to squeeze it firmly on the side to make it compact and not break the side when cutting.

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*Thanks, Julia, for passing down your Oma recipe!

German almond cookies

Almond Christmas Cookies

German Almond Christmas Cookies are a great bite for the Holidays filled with sweet nutty almonds and butter.
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
resting time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Christmas, German
Keyword: almond, biscuit, christmas, cookies, friesenkekse, german
Servings: 80 cookies
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 500 g all purpose flour
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 250 g sugar
  • 250 g almond flour
  • 30 g vanilla sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • salt

Topping

  • 30 g shaved almonds

Instructions

  • Start by mixing the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  • Add the butter and the egg and mix until it holds together when squeezed.
  • Cut the dough into 3 parts, put on part in a plastic wrap and roll firmly in the form of a cylinder.
  • Do the same with the other two rolls and refrigerate for minimum 2 hours.
  • Cut the cylinder into thin slices.
  • Add the shaved almonds on top.
  • Cook in the oven at 150°C (320F°) for 15 minutes.
  • Let them cool before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Nutrition Facts
Almond Christmas Cookies
Amount per Serving
Calories
80
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
30
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
12
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
84
IU
2
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.4
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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