2015 Holiday Recipe Exchange: Spritzuben from Emily Hemmer

Spritzbuben are a traditional German butter cookie enjoyed at Christmas time. I love them. I want to marry

them. But, much like marriage, they require time and patience, which is why they aren’t made every weekend at my house. The finished product is a crisp, buttery cookie sandwich with fruit filling and a dusting of powdered sugar. You. Are. Welcome. J

Ingredients:

½ lb Butter (unsalted)

½ lb Margarine

1 Cup Sugar

4 Cups Flour

2 Egg Yolks

1 Tbsp Milk

Bread Crumbs

Jam (favorite flavor)

Powdered Sugar

*(If you like a sweeter cookie, you can add 1 Tsp Vanilla to the dough)

*(Yes, I was watching a movie while doing this. I have a short attention span.)

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375F.

Step 2: Settle in for a long day. I’m not kidding – these are pretty time intensive cookies, but well worth it.

Step 3: Combine the butter, margarine, sugar, and flour (and vanilla, if you choose). I find it’s best to mix initially with the help of a mixer then knead the rest of the way by hand.

Step 4: Portion dough into 4 equal parts. Wrap in cellophane and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.

Step 5: Be productive while you’re waiting for the dough to chill or do what I did: watch

A movie, take a nap, and think about writing but change your mind and read instead.

Step 6: Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick.

Step 7: Use a cookie cutter of your choosing and cut into desired shape.

-use a floured surface and flour your rolling pin as needed.

Step 8: Mix egg yokes and milk in small bowl.

Step 9: Place cookies on cookie sheet.

Step 10: Brush the top of each cookie with egg wash.

Step 11: Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top of each Cookie.

Step 12: Bake 11-13 minutes until cookies are a golden brown.

Step 13: Get ready to assemble! Cool cookies on racks as they come out of the oven. They must be completely cooled before they’re assembled.

Step 14: Place a dollop (tsp) of your favorite jam on one cookie and then smoosh them together. J (I used fig and raspberry jams)

Step 15: Dust top and bottom of cookie with powdered sugar.

You can get as creative with the shape – there are people on Pinterest who have done a great job of making my cookies look like crap with their perfect, lovely designs. The only other cookie cutters I have are Yoda and Darth Vader and somehow those just did not seem Christmas-y enough to me.

Enjoy these amazing cookies and remember: nothing tastes better with a jammed up butter cookie and a cuppa hot tea than a fireplace and good book. I may have a suggestion for you…

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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