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Almond Pretzels (Mandelplaetzchen)

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"These cookies are fun to make and very tasty. Shaping them takes some practice but they'll still be edible even if they aren't perfectly put together."
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4 h 55 m servings 169
Original recipe yields 26 servings (26 cookies)


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  1. Beat butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until soft. Beat in 1 cup sugar gradually until mixture is very light and creamy. Beat in sour cream, eggs, and 1 egg yolk. Stir in flour until dough comes together. Stir in baking powder, cinnamon, and lemon zest.
  2. Divide dough in half; place each half on a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape each half into a 6-inch log of even thickness. Wrap tightly and refrigerate, 4 hours to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.
  4. Place dough on a flat work surface and let warm up slightly, about 10 minutes. Cut each log into 13 equal sections.
  5. Roll sections back and forth with your fingers to create 10-inch ropes. Form each rope into a circle; overlap the left end over the right, twisting once, and press into a pretzel shape. Transfer pretzel cookies to the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Whisk remaining egg yolk in a small bowl; brush over cookies. Sprinkle almonds and 1 tablespoon sugar on top.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are dry, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Mix 2 1/4 teaspoons butter with a scant 1/4 cup yogurt for a substitute to the sour cream if desired.
  • A mouli grater works well for chopping the almonds.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 169 calories; 9.8 18.2 2.7 50 28 Full nutrition

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