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Here's a recipe from Austria
It is traditional for Austrian families to make special cookies for Christmas, and many families have their own recipe which is passed down from generation to generation. and for those who have no time to make them at home, the bakery shops all over Austria are full of different kinds. This cookie recipe is very quick and easy to do, ideal for those who are in a rush at Christmas but want to carry on an old tradition.
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
- 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp water, to glaze
- a few tbsp chopped nuts, to garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the butter, confectioners' sugar, and egg yolk together with your hands. Add the flour and vanilla sugar and knead to a firm dough. Chill for about 2 hours. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out about 40 Christmas shapes such as stars, bells, Santa Claus, angels, holly heaves, etc., either freehand or with the appropriate cookie cutters. Place the cookies on baking sheets lined with non-stick baking parchment, brush with the egg glaze and sprinkle with nuts. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly colored. Leave to cool on racks before serving.
Note: Make vanilla sugar by keeping a vanilla bean pod in a jar of superfine sugar. Use as needed.
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This page modified 2018