German Sandwich Christmas Cookies with Apricot Jam Filling

This Is A Sponsored Post That Contains Affiliate Links What better way to spend a few precious hours with your love and/or kids than baking cookies together in the kitchen? Spitzbuben aren’t just any kind of cookie – they are delicious, German cookies that I used to make with my sister and Oma Sieghilde to put ourselves in the Christmas mood. It’s a simple recipe that’s fun to make with kids since there are cookie cutters involved and which kid doesn’t love cutting out cookies? After spending a short time in the oven, the cookies are then filled with yummy apricot jam (my favorite is Bonne Maman!), before being assembled and “snowed on” using powdered sugar. How darling is the snow on my website by the way?!

Enjoy German Christmas Cookies with a “Fette Henne”

The “Fette Henne” (translating to “fat chicken” from German) is sold at the Christmas market in Trier, where I grew up, and is my favorite Christmas market drink besides Glühwein. It’s basically a cozy, hot chocolate with a shot of Verpoorten Eierlikör (egg liqueur) and fresh, whipped cream – mmmh! The egg liqueur sinks to the bottom of the mug, giving you a nice little surprise at the end. If you have never had egg liqueur before, this is a great way to try it!

Pour hot chocolate into mug, pour shot of Eierlikör into it, top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Zum Wohl! 🙂

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Ingredients for about 40 cookies (depends on size of cookie cutter):

Dough:

  • 3 hard boiled egg yolks
  • 14 Tbsp (200 g) soft butter
  • 3/4 c (140 g) sugar
  • grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 raw egg yolks
  • 2 c (300 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp milk

Other Items You’ll Need:

  • flour for your work surface
  • parchment paper
  • 7 oz (200 g) apricot jam
  • powdered sugar

Method:

  1. Using a spoon, press the hard-boiled, cold egg yolks through a fine mesh sieve, until it turns into a paste. The finer the sieve is, the better.
  2. Mix together butter, sugar, lemon zest and raw egg yolks, then work in the boiled egg yolk paste. Add in the flour and milk and knead until it’s a cohesive, smooth dough.
  3. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge to chill for 60 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200 Celsius).
  5. On a surface dusted in flour, roll out the doll to 1/10 in (3 mm) thickness, and cut out your favorite shapes, cutting out the middle for half of them, so you see the jam through it after assembly.
  6. Transfer cookies to baking sheets covered in parchment paper and bake for 10 to 12 minutes on the middle rack until just starting to turn golden around the edges.
  7. After baking, carefully pull the parchment paper onto a cooling rack, allowing the cookies to harden and cool down faster.
  8. Dust top cookie with powdered sugar. Bring the jam to a boil (I heated it in the microwave), then assemble the cookies.

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