christmas cookies


Christmas is just around the corner and the anticipation for the holiday season grows with each day. I spend the last few days in the kitchen; baking cookies for my family, for friends and workmates. Lets start the festive spirit with two of them; the crisp and buttery spritz cookies, dipped in dark chocolate and the walnut stars with the crumbly and light texture.


Makes about 50 Spritz cookies

  • 375 g flour
  • 250 butter, very soft and room temperature
  • 150 confectioners sugar
  • 120 ml milk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 250 g dark chocolate couverture

Preheat the oven to 180° C and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

With a spatula beat the butter and the confectioners sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

Add the milk and the vanilla extract and whisk together.

With a sharp knife slit open the vanilla pod and scrape out the pith.

Sift the flour and fold in the flour and the vanilla pith with a spatula to the batter gently.

Transfer the dough to piping bag with a star-shaped opening and press out into rounds on the cookie sheet.

Let the piped cookies stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to let the crust forms.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

Melt the chocolate couverture gently and dip the cookies carefully in the chocolate.

Let the chocolate set and harden.


Makes about 80 walnut cookies

  • 125 g walnuts, finely chopped
  • 375 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 125 g sugar
  • 250 g cold butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • grated zest of 1 lemon

Quickly knead the flour, baking powder, sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, salt and  butter together until crumbly.

Add the egg, one egg yolk and the lemon zest and knead into a smooth dough.

Wrap the dough in a plastic bag and let it rest in a cool place for about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 180° C and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Roll the dough out on flour until it is about 3 mm thick. Use the cutter to cut out star shapes and then place the stars on the lined baking sheet. Re-roll the trimmings until all the dough is used.

Brush the cookies with the remaining egg yolk and bake them for about 14 minutes..

Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Happy baking and a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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43 thoughts on “christmas cookies”

  1. Just to let you know, I’ve made your walnut cookies a few times already and I Love them! Thank you very much for the recipe!! I look forward to trying other ones soon! 🙂

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  2. My dear Bridget…how I wish I could share with you a few hours….baking biscuits!! Perhaps it’s the simplicity of the biscuits that make want baking with you…or the fact we have always had a wonderful and sincere dialogue during this year. I want to thank you for everything, and wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas….

    Warmly, Luana

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    1. My dear friend, thank you so much for your kind words. I hope, someday in the near future, we will cook and bake together, drink a lot of tasting wine and will have wonderful conversations! Have a merry and cheerful Christmas and a happy and healthy new Year! Love and kisses, Bridget

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