Dec 022011

german christmas cookies

German Christmas Cookies for December 6th, a traditional Germany celebration and is called "Nikolaus Day". Back in my childhood Saint Nikolaus would visit every home in our community to see if the children had been nice kids during the whole year. Sometimes he would  come with his companion, the "Knecht Ruprecht" who would carry the big bag that was filled with gifts. The German Nikolaus is different from the American Santa Claus. The one from my childhood would look like a bishop with his tall hat, the long robe, and the white beard. The Nikolaus Ravioli are sweet cookies and look like Ravioli; they are filled with a mix of cherries and oranges. Happy Baking!

Ingredients (45 cookies) German Christmas Cookies
40 g dried cherries
1 organic orange
2 point of knives cinnamon (less than 1-4 tsp)
1 tbsp + 5 tbsp cherry juice
100 g poppy seed filling
1 egg yolk
100 g powdered sugar
150 g cold butter
75 g powdered sugar
225 g flour
1 egg yolk
1 pinch salt

Baking Instructions German Christmas Cookies
- Chop cherries; grate orange peel
- Mix with cinnamon and 1 tbsp cherry juice and poppy seed filling.
- Make the dough:
- Cut butter in cubes.
- Place butter cubes, powdered sugar, flour, egg yolk and salt in a bowl and mix it with the kneading hooks first, then knead it with hands (have hands dusted with flour) until you get a smooth dough.
- Wrap dough in foil and place it at least for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Roll the dough 2-3mm thick and cut circles with a round cookie cutter (diameter about 6 cm or 2.5 inches).
- Place the filling on each circle and fold them like raviolis.
- Whisk egg yolk with 1 tsp water and spread over raviolis.
- Place them on a baking tray (use parchment paper), then bake in pre-heated oven on 175 degrees C or 347 F for 10-12 Minutes.
- Make a frosting out of powdered sugar and 5 tbsp cherry juice and decorate the raviolis when they are done.

If you cannot get the German poppy seed filling or you ant to bake the cookies for Dec 6th, I found one here at Amazon:


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