Oct 242010

german christmas cookies

Angel's Eyes are a classic among the German Christmas Cookies. In general German Christmas cookies are not so big, they are rather small, and far smaller than the US cookies. Angel's eyes are about 2 inches in diameter after baking. Try this one out and you will love it. Happy Baking!

Ingredients (about 40 cookies) German Christmas Cookies
70 g powdered sugar
150 g cold butter
240 g flour
2 egg yolk
2 tbsp vanilla sugar
6 tbsp milk
jam or jelly : red currant, apricot, quince, strawberry or raspberry
Amazon Mrs Bridges Quince Jelly, 8.8 Ounce

Baking Instructions German Christmas Cookies
- Sieve powdered sugar into a bowl; chop butter into pieces.
- Add flour (sieve it through a sieve), egg yolk and vanilla sugar and knead it with the dough hooks of the mixer.
- Then with cold hands (!) knead until you get a smooth dough by using a wooden baking board (dust frequently flour on the surface when kneading).
- Let it rest for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to  350 degrees F.
- Form balls of walnut size and place them on a baking tray which is layered with baking paper.
- With the end of a cooking spoon form one whole in the middle of each cookie.
- Bake them for about 10 minutes, then have the egg yolk-milk mix ready.
- Mix 1 egg yolk with milk  and brush the cookies with it (2 minutes before they are done); then place them back into the oven and bake them until done.
- On low heat warm the jam or jelly in separate pans and stir them smoothly with a small whisk. If the jam contains too many fruit particles use a sieve and strain it as you don't want the fruit particles in it.
- With a small teaspoon fill the red and yellow jelly into the holes. Let the jam get firm, then keep them at a cool place.
- You can sprinkle them with some powdered sugar before you serve them and not earlier.

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