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Butterplätzchen – German Christmas Cookies

Butterplätzchen

It’s half December, which means… COOKIE TIME. And not just any cookies. But Christmas cookies with a long family tradition. I remember my grandmother baking loads and loads of cookies. Especially German ‘Butterplätzchen’. I would always hang around the kitchen when she was baking. I loved the smell of freshly baked cookies. The smell meant that it was almost Christmas. And of course I always tried to get my finger into that bowl of cookie dough whenever my grandmother wasn’t looking.

Taking over the task

Later, I guess when I was in my teens, my mom took over the task of baking. And now, I’m the one baking them. While I loved frosted cookies when I was little, I now like them just plain. They are sweet and flavorsome enough as they are, no need to mask that with sugary frosting. But if you have kids, plan an afternoon to decorate cookies together. It’s such a fun activity!

So, time to get some baking done!

It’s a real simple recipe. Mix all ingredients and form a dough. I love to use a food processor, but you can of course kneed by hand.

Butterplätzchen

Butterplätzchen

Butterplätzchen

Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out dough and cut out cookies in any desired shape. The key is to have the dough not too warm to prevent spreading while baking. To make it easy on yourself, divide the dough in four and shape each part in a disc. Then wrap each disc in cling film and put it in the refrigerator.

Butterplätzchen

Butterplätzchen

Then take out one disc at a time, roll it out and cut out the cookies. Bake them immediately. When you’re ready fort he next batch, take out another disc.

Butterplätzchen

Butterplätzchen

Butterplätzchen

Butterplätzchen

I often use different shapes each year. There are so many different shapes and even stamps available now. This year, I used small cutters as well as a large round cutters and cookie stamps. So cute!

Butterplätzchen

Kids could hardly wait for the cookies to cool a bit. Hope there are any left by Christmas 😉

Enjoy!

Also delicious: Vanilla Pudding Cookies!

Butterplätzchen
Butterplätzchen
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Butterplätzchen - German Christmas Cookies

Author Nicole

Ingredients

  • 500 g all purpose flour
  • 200 g white sugar
  • 300 g unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon extract

Instructions

  1. Quickly kneed all ingredients to form a dough.*

  2. Cut dough into four pieces.
  3. Form each piece into a disc and wrap in cling film.

  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 180°C and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  6. Take out one disc of of dough at a time and roll it out on a floured surface.

  7. Cut out cookies in any desired shape.

  8. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake 10 minutes.

  9. Take cookies out of the oven and let cool on the tray for a couple of minutes. Cookies will still be very soft.

  10. Then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  11. Eat plain or decorate with sugar icing.

Recipe Notes

*I like to use my food processor: process until the dough starts to come together, then continue to kneed into a dough on a floured surface.

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12 Comments

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    Lifestyle Mommy's ~ Linda

    December 16, 2017

    Oooooh het water loopt me in de mond, dus deze ga ik zeker delen met onze volgers zodat ook zij er deze feestdagen van kunnen genieten 😀

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      Nicole

      December 16, 2017

      Ah, wat lief, Linda! Dank je wel!

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    Isabel

    December 24, 2020

    Het lijkt mij super lekker ik ga t maken voor mijn moeder

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    Isabel

    December 24, 2020

    Het lijkt mij super lekker ik ga t maken voor mijn oma

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      Nicole

      December 24, 2020

      Hoi Isabel, wat leuk dat je ze voor je oma gaat maken. Hele fijne feestdagen!

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    Pet

    December 13, 2021

    Van het weekend samen met mijn dochter maken. Hoe kan je de koekjes het beste bewaren en hoelang.

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      Nicole

      December 13, 2021

      Hoi Pet, wat leuk dat je ze gaat maken! Het beste kun je ze in een koekblik of goed afsluitbare plastic doos bewaren. Ze zijn zeker een week of vier goed, langer ook, maar het lekkerste zijn ze toch als je ze snel opeet 😉

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    Agnes Verhagen

    December 22, 2023

    Het zou leuk zijn om te weten voor hoeveel mensen ik de koekjes kan maken. Dit is niet duidelijk, er staat letterlijk niks over aantallen ook niet qua koekjes.

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      Nicole

      December 22, 2023

      Hallo Agnes, het aantal is afhankelijk van de grootte van de uitstekers die je gebruikt. Afhankelijk van de maat haal ik er 30 – 80 uit. Voor hoeveel personen dit is is dan weer afhankelijk hoeveel koekjes je per persoon rekent.

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    britt

    June 19, 2024

    ik vind de koekjes erg smullen

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      Nicole

      June 22, 2024

      Zo leuk om te horen, Britt, dank je wel!

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