This is my great-grandmother's family recipe which we grew up with and has been passed down from Germany. These great German cookies are a must have for Christmas! Soft and flaky! Make them with your favorite jams and cutters to customize!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cookies:
Topping:

Directions

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  • Place oven rack in the center position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread almonds onto a baking sheet.

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  • Bake in the preheated oven until almonds are lightly toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

  • Pulse almonds with 1/4 cup white sugar in a food processor until finely ground.

  • Whisk flour, lemon zest, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl. Beat butter and remaining 1/2 cup white sugar together in a separate bowl until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolks, vanilla extract, ground almond mixture, and flour mixture until just combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 3 to 12 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured surface; cut into cookies using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Place cookies about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Cut the centers out of half the cookies using a smaller cookie cutter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned around the edges, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Place the cut-out cookies on a baking sheet and lightly dust with confectioners' sugar. Spread a thin layer of jam onto the full cookies. Place the cut-out cookies on top of the full cookies; gently sandwich them together. Spoon more jam into the cut-out area.

Cook's Note:

You can use your favorite flavor of jam, but be sure to beat it well to remove any lumps of fruit!

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; protein 2.6g 5% DV; carbohydrates 20.4g 7% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterol 37.4mg 13% DV; sodium 50.5mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2013
It was really good and has a lot of flavor. I love the almonds this recipe has incorporated into it. It gives it tons more flavor. Read More
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