This recipe is adapted from my great-grandmother's recipe, that is over 100 years old. I had to wait 40 years before my mother would share this recipe with me. This recipe tastes similar to the windmill cookies that they used to sell in our grocery store--but my family thinks that this version is much more flavorful and softer.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, melted lard, white sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. Mix until well blended. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and almonds. Shape the dough into two logs about 2 1/2 inches in diameter; wrap tightly in waxed paper and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the dough logs from the fridge and let them rest at room temperature for about 5 minutes.

  • Slice dough into slices about 1/4 inch thick. (The thinner you slice them, the crispier the cookies will be.) Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.

Cook's Note:

You can also use a cookie stamp, mold, or press for these cookies: after you have chilled the dough, roll out the dough to 1/2" thick and press down on the dough until it's 1/4" thick.

Nutrition Facts

360.4 calories; 5.3 g protein; 37.2 g carbohydrates; 51.7 mg cholesterol; 268.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2003
Bless you for submitting this recipe. My aunt willed me her 100 yr. old German cookie mold but took her recipe to the grave. I think this is very close to the cookies I remember eating as a child. I loved them! It worked out quite well with the hand carved mold as long as the dough was kept cold. A little additional flour improved the detail of the mold designs. I never knew the name of the cookie until now but believe the spelling would be Weinachstollen. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2003
Bless you for submitting this recipe. My aunt willed me her 100 yr. old German cookie mold but took her recipe to the grave. I think this is very close to the cookies I remember eating as a child. I loved them! It worked out quite well with the hand carved mold as long as the dough was kept cold. A little additional flour improved the detail of the mold designs. I never knew the name of the cookie until now but believe the spelling would be Weinachstollen. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2007
Almost like those windmill cookies you can buy in the store. However I still felt like it was missing a little something? I think it maybe a bit of salt because these are not very sweet. Maybe a touch of salt would make the sweetness pop out a little. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2007
Thank you!! These taste almost exactly like my Grandma Wagner's cookies. I know she used lard. My cookbook from her calls them "Weihnachtstrollen" Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2007
These were your traditional german cookie. I did increase the cinnamon. makes a large batch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2005
Sorry I gave these such a bad review. I ate these fresh from the oven and it was a big mistake. After setting these are a very good cookie. I make them most years for Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2005
I just wanted to take another stab at the actual name of these cookies...Weihnachtsrollen might be a possibility (christmas 'rolls'). Weihnachtsstollen is a common Christmas bread also but I have never seen it in the form of a cookie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2009
I've never tried anything like this before so I will take others for their word as to the authenticity. All I can really say is that it's a large somewhat flavorless soft cookie. I'm glad I tried it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2012
This is such a fabulous recipe. The cookies are ridiculously addictive. I make them every Christmas. And I have to stop myself from eating them because I give them as gifts. But I don't tell people about the lard for some reason that turns them off. Whatever heaven in your mouth I say! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2013
Had to wait 40 years for secret family recipe. Learns nothing and shares with world. You rock! LOL! Read More