Chetana Parameswar shares with us a German cookie recipe, just in time for the festive season! Bake along with her, as she shared detailed images and steps to make this unique recipe.
Spritzgebäck – The unique name for these cookies comes from the German word ‘spritzen’ which means ‘to squirt’. The soft cookie dough is squirted through a cookie press or a piping bag and hence the name. They originated in Germany during the medieval European period.
These cookies are traditionally served during Christmas in Germany and other Scandinavian countries. They are delicious and crisp without being overly sweet and make a wonderful addition to your ‘Weihnachtsplätzchen’ platter.
Ingredients for these vegan friendly festive treats
- 2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup butter (vegan or dairy)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax seed powder plus 3 tablespoons hot water) or 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons plant based milk or dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- If using the flax egg, then mix the flax seed powder and hot water and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
- Beat the butter and sugar together till pale and fluffy.
- Add the salt, vanilla essence, and flax egg and whisk till mixed in.
- Add in the sifted flour and milk and whisk in till it comes together like a soft dough.
- Divide the dough into 3 parts. Add in red gel food coloring in one part. Add in green food coloring in another part. Leave one part plain.
- Add one portion of the dough in the cookie press.
- Choose the design plate of your choice and press the cookie dough onto a silicone mat. Regular parchment paper doesn’t work too well as it lifts up when one tries to lift the cookie press.
- If one doesn’t have a cookie press, one can use a piping bag and tip to pipe the cookies onto parchment paper.
- Decorate with sprinkles and bake the cookies at 170 degrees for about 10-12 minutes till the edges of the cookies turn slightly brown. Mine baked for 10 minutes.
- Cool them and they’re ready to enjoy!
Wishing you all a blessed festive season!
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