28 May 2008

Vanille Hoernchen - German Christmas Cookie

I got this recipe here while searching for a cookie recipe for a class I was doing on Germany. I had the darndest time converting it since I don't have a kitchen scale. It does have a converter on the recipe site (click "Change Servings") but then it converted everything in grams to ounces and well, flour in ounces is different than fluid in ounces so I still had to dig a little bit to get the right measurements. Plus I tripled the recipe because I needed/wanted about 90 cookies. If you want the recipe for 30 cookies in metric, go to the link above, otherwise I am posting it below in cups, triplicated. It worked for me like this, even though my conversions may be slightly -or more than slightly- off. They are so yummy, you'll want 90 cookies so you have plenty to share.

Vanille Hoernchen --Bake at 350° for approx 10-12 minutes

4 1/3 Cups flour
2 1/4 Cups finely ground almonds (I used a food processor)
2 1/3 Cups butter (not margarine)
1 1/3 Cups sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar (for coating after baking)

Mix all ingredients except powdered sugar in a bowl. Knead dough just until it is mixed. Mine looked like this;

Divide dough into manageable sections and roll into logs or snakes and cut into even sections to about 1 1/2 inch balls. Shape into horns. I didn't have a cookie cutter so I rolled each section into kind of a log pointed on each end and set in onto the cookie tray and turned into a moon/crescent shape and then flattened and evened it out a little bit.

Bake in oven preheated to 350° for about 10-12 minutes or until golden. Gosh I made these in April and can't remember for sure but I think I had to cook them a little bit longer to get them golden on the edges. Carefully coat them in powdered sugar. They are still so warm that they will break easily so I just dipped the top side into the powdered sugar in a bowl and then let them cool on aluminum foil. Mine still got a little bit sticky (powdered sugar melted a little bit) but it didn't EVEN matter because they were so yummy!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for posting this! I used the same recipe a few months ago, but I no longer have a scale.

    I made these cookies with some of my students and they were a big hit.