Bredele Christmas cookies

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Bredele are traditional cookies made during the Christmas season in Alsace. Alsatian families make many kinds of them starting as early as November. It is one good idea for a customized homemade gift.

There are dozens of Bredele cookies recipes. The following recipes are three original variations.

Fig and cinnamon star cookie

Ingredients (15-20 cookies)

  • 80g/2.8oz all purpose flour
  • 100g/3.5oz almond powder
  • 80g/2.8oz dried figs
  • 40g/1.4oz sugar
  • 40g/1.4oz icing sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the icing :

  • 75g/2,6oz icing sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1-2 drops of pure vanilla extract

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Directions:

Preheat the oven at 150°C/300°F.

In a robot, mix the dried figs, flour, almond powder, sugar, icing sugar, egg white and cinnamon.

Roll out on parchment paper to 1cm/0,4in thickness.

Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper or use a silicon cooking sheet.

Using a 2 1/2-inch star cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on the cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 minutes.

Leave to cool.

Once the cookies are cold, make the glaze. Whisk the egg white until firm. Add on or two drops of pure vanilla extract and icing sugar. Stir until smooth.

Brush the cookies tops lightly with the glaze.

Leave to dry. The cookies are best to eat the following days.

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Lemon cookie

Ingredients (15-20cookies)

  • 80g/2.8oz all purpose flour
  • 100g/3.5oz almond powder
  • 40g/1.4oz sugar
  • 40g/1.4oz icing sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 organic lemon zests and juice

For the icing :

  • 75g/2,6oz icing sugar
  • 1 egg white

Directions:

Preheat the oven at 150°C/300°F.

In a robot, mix the flour, almond powder, sugar, icing sugar, egg white and lemon zests and juice.

Roll out on parchment paper to 0,7cm/0,3in thickness.

Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper or use a silicon cooking sheet.

Using a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on the cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the cookies over and bake for few more minutes.

Leave to cool.

Once the cookies are cold, make the glaze. Whisk the egg white until firm. Add on or two drops of pure vanilla extract and icing sugar. Stir until smooth.

Brush the cookies tops lightly with the glaze.

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Walnuts bredele

Ingredients (25-30 cookies)

  • 150g/5.3oz all purpose flour
  • 75g/2.6oz walnuts powder
  • 75g/2.6oz sugar
  • 65g butter
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1+1 egg yolks
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 25-30 shelled walnuts

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.

In a robot, mix the flour, walnuts powder, sugar, butter, almond butter, egg yolk and a pinch of salt.

Roll out on parchment paper to 0,5cm/0,2in thickness.

Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper or use a silicon cooking sheet.

Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on the cookie sheets. Glaze with egg yolk and place a shelled walnut in the center of the cookies.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Leave to cool.

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