December 15, 2014

15th December!

These are some of my most favorite cookies. Here in Austria you can get them year round. To be honest – those are probably the easiest cookies you can make too. All you need is a whisk and a piping bag [with a minimum 1 centimeter nozzle]. The ingredients are so basic – you will most likely have all of them at home anyway. The traditional shape is either a half moon or ‘cats tongs’ – but you can go crazy here – try making letters and writing your name or ‘merry christmas’. Formed into rings they make great christmas tree ornaments. You can make little sandwiches using apricot or red currant jam as a glue. Most of the time you will get them partially dipped into chocolate. If you like it even fancier – you can mix cocoa powder into half the batter and pour both into your piping bag. That way you will get two colored cookies.



  • 200g butter [room temperature]
  • 100g powdered sugar
  • 2 packages vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs [room temperature]
  • 300g white flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder [optional]
  • apricot / red currant jam
  • chocolate

_ with a hand whisk combine softened butter, powdered sugar and vanilla sugar until fluffy

_ add one egg at the time

_ mix in the flour [you should get a smooth but rather dry pastry]

_ preheat oven to 200°C

_ spoon dough into a piping bag [with a minimum 1 cm nozzle]

_ squirt the dough into desired shapes onto a baking sheet [keep some space between each – the cookies will grow quite a little bigger in the oven]

_ bake for 9 to 11 minutes [until they start to brown on the edges]

_ let cool

_ make little sandwiches using jam

_ dip in chocolate or dust with powdered sugar



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