December 3, 2014

3rd December! Time to spread the first cookie smells in the house! Today I picked something traditional to my region – pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin seeds and pumpkinseed oil is mainly used in savory dishes or snacks. But especially the seeds can be used in cakes or sprinkled over desserts. In some restaurants you will get vanilla ice cream drizzled with pumpkinseed oil – a crazy but delicious taste!

The dough in the recipe below is a bit stubborn. Like many cookie doughs [Vanillekipferl, …] it is important here to use all ingredients cold – and keep them cold by moving fast and kneading as little as possible. But still – the dough is gonna break! Just roll it out in small batches and don’t give up. The cookies are not especially sweet – so I like to stick them together with apricot jam and dip them into chocolate.



  • 250g flour
  • 150g butter [cold]
  • 100g powdered sugar
  • 200g pumpkin seeds
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pumpkin seed oil
  • 2 egg yolks [cold]
  • pinch salt
  • apricot jam
  • dark chocolate


_ grind, grate or finely chop pumpkin seeds

_ place flour onto a cold surface [stone kitchen top, glass,…]

_ place butter in the center and cut into small pieces

_ working fast [so the butter doesn’t get warm] mingle butter with flour to get crumbs

_ add powdered sugar, ground pumpkin seeds, egg yolks, salt and pumpkin seed oil


_ quickly knead into a dough [will look quite dry in the beginning but should form a dough soon]

_ form dough into a ball and keep in a cold spot [refrigerator] for at least half an hour


_ preheat oven to 190°C

_ roll out dough fairly thin [make small portions at a time – dough will break easily]

_ cut out desired shapes


_ place cookies onto a baking sheet covered baking tray [you can place them quite close to each other – they won’t get bigger when baking]

_ bake for about 10 min [depending on size and thickness of your cookies]


_ let cool

_ combine same shaped cookies with a layer of apricot jam


_ if desired dip cookies into chocolate and decorate with chopped pumpkinseeds


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