Spitzbuben - German Christmas Sweets

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Preparation10 min.
Cooking15 min.
Тotal25 min.
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  • flour - 3 cups
  • butter - 1 1/5 cups (300 g)
  • eggs - 3, just the yolks
  • sugar - 1/2 cup
  • lemons - 1
  • lemon essence - 1 capsule
  • vanilla - 1 capsule
  • rum essence - 1 capsule
  • walnuts - 1 cup, ground
  • jam - strawberry or other kind
  • powdered sugar - for sprinkling


Sift the flour. To it add the softened butter. Knead the 2 products until they turn to crumbs. Add the egg yolks 1 by 1, the lemon zest and juice, ground walnuts, the lemon, vanilla and rum essences.

Knead a smooth dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and leave it for about 2 hours in the fridge. Roll it out into a thin sheet onto a floured counter. Cut out circles using a glass.

Cut out shapes in half the circles - stars, hearts, Christmas trees or just holes. Bake in a preheated 356°F (180 °C) oven until they turn pink at the edges. Once cooled, sprinkle the halves you cut out shapes in with powdered sugar.

Stick them together in pairs, 1 whole and 1 cut, with jam.

The recipe calls for strawberry jam but I used a really good rosehip marmalade instead.

The sweets turn out even better when they're lift to sit a bit. That way they take in the jam and soften.

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