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Grandma's Classic Spitzbuen: Simple Butter Cookies with a Fruity Jam Core


Highlights: Grandma's Classic Spitzbuen: Simple Butter Cookies with a Fruity Jam Core. Spitzbuben is a combination of crumbly butter biscuits and sweet and sour fruit jelly. The most popular Christmas cookies of the Germans are rascals with fruity jam and a fine blanket of powdered sugar. Click here for the gourmet newsletter of our partner Follow us on Twitter @GourmetMerkur, @Imago and @ThePicture Pantry.

Status: 05.12.2023, 16:06 PM

By: Clara Kistner

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Spitzbuben, Linzer Biscuits or Hilda Rolls – the combination of crumbly butter biscuits and sweet and sour fruit jelly has already won over grandma.

Although it can be great fun, especially with smaller children, to cut out simple butter cookies and decorate them with plenty of icing and colorful sprinkles, the classic does not convince all cookie enthusiasts in terms of taste. And without everything, butter biscuits usually taste a bit dry, even according to a long-established family recipe. Luckily, Grandma already knew the right solution – rascals. Filled with jam or fruit jelly, the buttery cookie cutters are all the more impressive.

The most popular Christmas cookies of the Germans

In Advent, in addition to four candles on a wreath of fir branches and plenty of punch and mulled wine, there is one thing that should not be missing – Christmas cookies. And while juicy Elisen gingerbread, spicy speculoos and fine cinnamon stars are also popular in the confectionery, many classic cookie varieties are also very easy to bake at home.

Classic rascals with fruity jam and a fine blanket of powdered sugar should not be missing in any cookie tin. (Symbolic image) © The Picture Pantry/Imago

From natural or colourfully decorated butter biscuits to juicy stollen confectionery, the traditional Christmas bakery of the Germans has a lot to offer. Vanilla crescents, coconut macaroons and angel eyes are an integral part of many people's annual cookie tins, but many people also like it particularly chocolaty during the Christmas season. In addition to quick chocolate crossies and delicious chocolate snowballs, more modern types of cookies, such as the foolproof Nutellakekse, are becoming increasingly popular.

Download the recipe now and easily make Spitzbuben yourself!

Ingredients for the simple butter cookies with fruity jam

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  • 300 g wheat flour (type 405)
  • 100 g ground almonds (blanched)
  • 150 g sugar
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs (M)
  • 200 g butter
  • 200 g jam of your choice (traditional currant jelly)
  • Some extra flour for the work surface
  • Optionally, some powdered sugar for decoration

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Whether it's Spitzbuben or Linzer Präkschen: the Christmas treat is so easy to bake

  • First, dice the cold butter and mix it with the flour, salt, almonds, sugar and vanilla sugar as well as the eggs in a large mixing bowl. If the dough hooks of the hand mixer are not enough, help with your hands if necessary and quickly process everything into a smooth dough. Cover and refrigerate for half an hour.
  • Roll out the chilled dough thinly on the floured work surface and cut out circles with a round cookie cutter (diameter 4 cm). While the oven is preheating to 180 degrees top and bottom heat (alternatively 160 degrees convection), use a smaller round cookie cutter (diameter about 1 to 1.5 cm) to pierce a round window in the middle of each of the circles. The die-cut circles can be placed on a baking tray lined with baking paper and baked for eight to ten minutes.
  • After the cookies have cooled down completely, they can now be further processed. To do this, dust the cookie lids with recesses evenly with powdered sugar. Place a dollop of jam on each of the bottoms without a hole and press down lightly with a lid with a window. Slightly firmer jelly can be briefly warmed up beforehand for easier application. Enjoy your meal!
  • The cookies should not be baked too brown. Therefore, according to your working pace, switch on the oven a little later to preheat or take the cookies out a little earlier.

    For the classic mischievous look, you will need the round cookie cutter with a scalloped edge to punch out the cookies. The middle part is then detached with a regular, albeit smaller, circular shape. Alternatively, a small heart, flower or star cookie cutter can be used for the jam window.

    Download the Spitzbuben recipe as a PDF!

    Download the recipe now. This makes baking cookies child's play!

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    Source: merkur

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