Swiss Christmas Cookies

I hope you all had a lovely first if advent, and ate as many cookies as I did. There is a Scandinavian saying that "to be a good wife you must to bake seven sorts of Cookies for Christmas". Although I have not yet baked seven varieties, this “baking season” has started well with at so far five sorts of cookies! Home-made Wiehnachtsguezli (Christmas cookies) are a big thing in Switzerland too and my all time favourite is Brunsli a.k.a. Basler Brunsli. I have come to love these Swiss cookies so much that I wanted to share my recipe below. Enjoy! 

Sofia CM Scandinavian Interior blog -  Swiss Christmas Cookies

Ingredients ca. 50 cookies:

  • 150 g (5 ounces) sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 250 g (9 ounces) ground almonds
  • ¼ tea spoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of powdered clove
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 fresh white of egg (about 70 g (2.5 ounces))
  • 100 g (3.5 ounces) bitter chocolate (Fechlin if you can get it)
  • 2 tea spoons of kirsch
  • Makes ca. 50 cookies 
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How to:

  1. Mix sugar, salt, almonds, cinnamon, powdered clove, cocoa powder and flour in a bowl.
  2. Add white of egg and stir until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Cut chocolate in real small pieces, pour hot water over the chocolate, let rest for about 5 minutes, then pour off all water except about half a tablespoon, stir until even. Now immediately proceed with the next step.
  4. Add melted chocolate from the previous step and the kirsch, knead to a soft dough.
  5. Roll out dough on a flat surface (it may be slightly covered with sugar), approximately 10 mm (0.4 inches) thick. Put out different shapes and put them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
  6. Let them rest for about 5 to 6 hours or over night in a dry place.
  7. Bake for about 4 to 6 minutes in the center of the pre-heated oven at 250 °C (480 °F).
  8. Let cool completely before serving.
Sofia CM Scandinavian Interior blog -  Swiss Christmas Cookies