Grain free german Xmas cookies (Spitzbuben)
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Making Xmas cookies must be the ultimate holiday activity. I have always loved it since I am a little child and I have such fond memories of making cookies with my family. I still really love it. Especially on a snowy day with some Xmas tunes in the background:)
It took me a lot of tries to figure out a good grain free and dairy free version. Since cookies pretty much mainly consist of flour it was hard to get the right consistency. And since I am German and Germans take their Xmas cookies very seriously I am very picky with it too. 🙂
This recipe is a traditional German recipe called Spitzbuben. The cookie itself is pretty much a simple sugar cookie but the best part about it is the jam filling. They are not only delicious and fruity they also look very decorative. Your whole family can join in the fun of making them.
Tips to make the best grain free german Xmas cookies:
- make sure the coconut oil is not in its liquid form, but not too hard either. Somewhere in between, so when you whip it with the honey you have a nice creamy texture. This process is important to make sure the cookies have tiny air pockets and don’t get too hard.
- the egg should be at room temperature otherwise the coconut oil will get too hard and lump up. I usually take out the egg first and then mix together the flours and the coconut oil and honey. That is usually enough so the egg isn’t too cold.
- grain free dough behaves very differently than traditional cookie dough. For the best way to handle the dough use 2 layers of parchment paper to roll it out. One for underneath and one on top (see picture below). That way the dough won’t stick. I always use 100% compostable parchment paper available at whole foods market.
- You will need one larger cookie cutter and one smaller one. The shapes don’t really matter, but a round cookie cutter is easier to work with.
I hope you like these grain free german Xmas cookies as much as I do.
Happy Holidays and happy baking