An ice box cookie, these were one of the two Christmas cookie recipes my German grandmother made every year until her death at age 92. While they may not be fancy like other Christmas cookies recipes, they are easy to make and taste very nutty. They make me think of Christmas and my grandmother every time I enjoy one.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat the butter, sugar, egg, and salt together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and baking soda, and mix just until blended. Mix in the hazelnuts.

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  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into 2 1/2 inch log. Wrap snugly in wax paper, and refrigerate overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

  • Unwrap, and cut the log into 1/8 inch thick slices. Place on prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Brush tops with beaten egg and, if desired, decorate with sprinkles.

  • Bake in preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on racks, and store in an airtight tin.

Nutrition Facts

52 calories; 0.8 g protein; 6 g carbohydrates; 12.8 mg cholesterol; 47.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2009
Initially I felt these cookies were a little on the bland side eventhough my whole family liked them. I did however make a few changes to the recipe. First the dough was too dry so I added 2 TB of milk. Secondly I could not find ground hazelnuts so I tried to ground whole ones in my blender but ended up with powdered hazelnuts. If I'd had larger pieces I think these would have been better. Lastly I frosted the cookies with Nutella which seemed to help a lot. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2009
Initially I felt these cookies were a little on the bland side eventhough my whole family liked them. I did however make a few changes to the recipe. First the dough was too dry so I added 2 TB of milk. Secondly I could not find ground hazelnuts so I tried to ground whole ones in my blender but ended up with powdered hazelnuts. If I'd had larger pieces I think these would have been better. Lastly I frosted the cookies with Nutella which seemed to help a lot. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2008
these were delicious! definitely will be an addition to the christmas collection - (My great aunt used to make something similiar at christmas....ahhh..the memories!) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2007
These were good but lacked the specialness of a Christmas cookie. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2013
I agree with those whom were impressed by them and disagreed with those that felt they were too bland or lacked 'specialness'. I think sometimes we Americans feel shortchanged if we don't get all the bells and whistles or if every lily isn't gilded; gastronomically speaking. On my perfect Christmas cookie platter there are the 'fancy' rich or showy ones and then the 'plainer' simple or unadorned ones. There is a place for both I think and I thought these were wonderful. It reminded me of a part of what best about German cooking. Thank you Oma Kiener and Oma Keiner's children! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2012
Tasty and easy.. took to church potluck.. they vanished Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2014
My great-grandma always made these cookies not with hazelnuts but with (yuck) walnuts. These didn't taste like hers but it's only because my great-grandmother made her own butter from raw milk in a churn. So it's very different taste than anyone is used to. lol Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2016
I used ground almond instead of hazelnut and it is great! easy and tasty! love it! my favorite cooky recipe now!:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2019
This recipe was nice and easy to make. I added a bit of almond extract and chopped almonds as other reviewer suggested but not to the batter I thought they'd look nice instead of the sprinkles and they did...no egg wash used either. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2019
I’m gonna confess right off the bat that I did 2 things different than the recipe: I only processed the nuts to a coarse chop, and I added about 1/2 a teaspoon of almond extract. That said, WOW. These cookies are not knock-your-socks-off with flavor- but that’s OK, because the richness of the nuts and the butter makes up for it. They are certainly not bland. Read More