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A popular German Christmas Cookie made with only four ingredients. Chewy in texture, and spiced perfectly for the holiday season, you will keep coming back for more!
Duration38 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Prep Time30 mins
Servings40 Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies
  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cardamon
  • 2 tbsp orange juice and more if needed
  • 1/2 tbsp orange zest
Glaze
  • 7-8 tbsp icing sugar or powdered Xylitol
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Add the ground almonds, icing sugar (or powdered Erythritol or Xylitol), cinnamon, and cardamom to a food processor and blend for a couple of seconds. If you don't have a food processor, simply add the ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and stir with a spoon.
  • Now add the orange juice and orange zest and mix again until the dough is crumbly and sticks together when you press it between your fingers. If it's too dry, add a little more orange juice.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and shape it into a ball. Wrap it in cling foil and chill in the fridge for about 30-60 minutes.
  • Place the chilled dough between 2 layers of plastic wrap (or parchment paper) and roll it out with a rolling pin. It should be about 0.5-0.7 cm thick (1/4 inch).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. You can dip your cutter in a bowl of powdered sugar between cutting the cookies. This will help prevent the dough from sticking to the cutter.
  • Depending on the size of your cookie cutter the recipe will make 30-40 cookies. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Depending on the thickness of your cookies, the baking time may vary by 1-2 minutes. Let them cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make the glaze by mixing icing sugar (or powdered Xylitol) and water in a small bowl until it's a creamy paste. If it's too thick add a little more water and if it's too thin add more icing sugar.
  • Brush the glaze on the cooled cookies and let it dry. Enjoy! Store cookies in a cookie tin in a cool place for up to 2-3 weeks.
  • I recommend using a kitchen scale and measuring the ingredients in grams.
  • If you find the dough too sticky, add a little extra almond meal/ powdered sugar.
  • Icing sugar: You can use powdered Erythritol for a keto version or powdered Xylitol for a low-carb version. The glaze actually works even better with powdered Xylitol than with regular icing sugar. Please note that dogs shouldn’t consume anything made with Xylitol.
  • Almonds: You can replace half of the amount with ground hazelnuts or your favorite ground nuts.
  • Orange: I really love the flavor of fresh orange juice and zest. Alternatively, you could use lemon instead.
  • Check the step-by-step photos in the blog post.
  • The total time doesn’t include chill time.
  • You might also like these Vegan Snickerdoodles.

Ela Vegan

Ela creates healthy and delicious vegan dishes and shares the recipes with her readers. Most of Ela's recipes are also refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and easy to make!