The Christmas season is a great time to experience other cultures' traditions. Baking cookies popular in other countries is a great way to do this with these traditional Swiss Christmas cookie recipes. Santa will love getting these on Christmas Eve.
😊 Why make Swiss Cookies
These Swiss cookie recipes are easy to make and the combination of real butter and fine flour makes them a special treat that you will want to make every year.
Traditional Swiss Christmas cookies have a basic dough just like American cookies. They are made with the basic ingredients of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. However, there are a few items that are not quite as typical in the most popular chocolate chip cookie in America.
- ground nuts
- vanilla sugar
- fruit jams
🛒 How to make ground nut flour
If you are not able to find ground nut flour in your local grocery store then purchase the nuts whole. Add the amount you need to your food processor and finely gride them. You want a consistency of fine flour mixture.
- You can make ground walnuts.
- Using whole almonds you can make almond flour. These tend to give you lighter and finner flour because they are not as oily as some nuts.
🛒 How to make vanilla sugar
In many Swiss cookie recipes, vanilla sugar is used instead of vanilla extract. If you do not have Swiss groceries in your area you can order vanilla sugar or make your own.
To make vanilla sugar place a split vanilla pod and a 1/2 cup of sugar in a shallow container with a tight-fitting lid. Store in a dark cool place like your pantry. Give the container a shack each day for 2 weeks. If you are in a hurry you could also purchase vanilla paste.
To make a cookie that is great for gift giving it's fun to use a cookie press.
For many traditional Swiss cookies, you will need a rolling pin and rolling sticks. The sticks will be placed on each side of the dough. As you roll you will only be able to roll the dough to the thickness of the sticks. this way your dough will be even and the cookies will bake evenly. You can also purchace rolling pins that have rings to place on the end for the thickness of dough you desire.
It is easier to roll out cookie dough on a non stick silicone baking mat.
This recipe is great to share because they are naturally gluten and dairy-free. These are great cookies to take to parties so those who have food sensitivities can have a special treat and not worry about gluten or dairy.
Basler brunsli, or just brunsli, are a "Wiehnachtsguezli" (Christmas cookie) from Switzerland. "Basler" means from Basel, a city in the German-speaking part of the country. "Brun" means brown and the "li" ending means little. They are usually cut into star or flower shapes.
They are made with almond flour, wame spices such as cinnamon and cloves, and cocoa powder. You can sprinkle powdered sugar or melted chocolate on them when you are ready to serve.
If you need an easy and quick recipe you will want to make Spitzbuben. They have a few simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, and an egg. The filling can be your favorite fruit jam.
This is a traditional recipe for crescent-shaped cookies that are a buttery melt-in-your-mouth treat that is dusted with confectioners sugar. Not only are they popular in Switzerland they are also popular in Austria, Germany, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary. The name of these cookies is the German word for vanilla crescents.
Spitzbuben (sandwich cookies)
These are traditional Swiss cookies that have a slightly crispy buttery cookie. The center of the sandwich cookie is filled with your choice of favorite jam or jelly.
They make a special delicious gift. Marlynn puts a special twist on these cookies by forming them using a cookie press. This will make it easy to put them into a cookie tin and mail.
How do you keep Christmas cookies fresh until Christmas?
The best way to keep cookies fresh is to allow them to cool at room temperature. Then layer the between sheets of parchment paper in an airtight container. To keep them moist and not dry out you can place a whole slice of white bread in top of the container.
Swiss cookies are left out to dry for a few hours because the dough is sticky. Allowing dry time helps them become less sticky and have a matt finish.
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