These German Christmas cookies are similar to shortbread and we bake them every year in December. The recipe makes a pretty large amount and they are pretty quick to make, since you only have to cut the dough, so perfect for last minute baking.

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Ingredients

80
Original recipe yields 80 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Add 3/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons confectioner's sugar, egg yolk, and salt; beat until smooth. Knead in 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour and 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons walnuts.

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  • Shape dough into 2-inch thick rolls and press them into rectangles using a flat item like a cutting board (they should look like oversized butter sticks). Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Cut dough into thin slices and lay them on an ungreased baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) and bake until very lightly browned, about 5 more minutes.

  • Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you have a scale, measure out the ingredients in grams as it is originally a German recipe: 200 g unsalted butter, 100 g powdered sugar, 100 g walnuts, 300 g flour. The ratio is important and by measuring you will have more exact results.

Nutrition Facts

45.4 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 4.3g 1% DV; fat 3g 5% DV; cholesterol 7.9mg 3% DV; sodium 4.4mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2018
If you have a scale - it would be best to weigh the ingredients in grams as this is originally a German recipe and with German cookie recipes, precision in ingredients is key - use 200 g unsalted butter, 100 g confectioner's sugar, 100 g walnuts, and 300 g flour (you see how the ratio is well coordinated) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2018
If you have a scale - it would be best to weigh the ingredients in grams as this is originally a German recipe and with German cookie recipes, precision in ingredients is key - use 200 g unsalted butter, 100 g confectioner's sugar, 100 g walnuts, and 300 g flour (you see how the ratio is well coordinated) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2020
I make these all the time and everyone LOVES them! Recipe makes a ton so I make them every year around Christmas to gift to teachers and neighbors. Definitely weigh the ingredients in grams (that's what I did) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2020
Easy to follow receipt and tastes great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2019
Thank you Marianne for providing the weights of ingredients...much easier. These are delicious and sure to be added to my festive baking. Read More