This year I wanted to try some new Christmas cookies so I gave these a try and I think they turned out really nice! Also very traditional in Germany, Austria and Switzerland…

Check out the recipe

recipe adapted from eatsmarter.de
300g flour
100g sugar
1 pinch of salt
zest of half a lemon
1 egg
200g butter
1 or 2 sorts of jelly (I used homemade apple-vanilla jelly and blackberry marmalade without seeds)
For later:
confectioners’ sugar to decorate

Mix all ingredients (except for the jelly and confectioners’ sugar) together and let the dough cool in the fridge for 1 hour. Meanwhile heat the oven to 180° C (top and bottom heat). Spread some flour on a kitchen board and use a rolling pin to spread out the dough fairly flat (take approx. 1/3 of the dough at a time). Now use a round cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and place them on a lined baking tray. As the cookies will be doubled (like a sandwich) you leave half of the cookies as they are and with a smaller cookie cutter (I used a small star-shaped one, but you can also use a heart or circle) cut a hole in the middle of the other half of the cookies. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the pre-heated oven and let the cookies cool down. Now spread jelly / marmalade on the bottom half and powder confectioners’ sugar over the cookies with the hole (the top half) and combine the two with a little pressure, so they stick to each other!