Haselnussplaetzchen courtesy of J.K.Coi

For me the holidays are all about the food. Yep, I’m easy J

I love warm and gooey gingerbread, squares, and chocolate. I love the smell of clementines when you peel them and the way that scent sticks to your fingertips. I can’t get enough turkey and would pretty much eat it every day if I could, right along with buttery mashed potatoes, roasted squash…and just a little bit of rum in my egg nog.

My grandmother is German, and so every year she makes traditional German cookies. I’ve been learning from her the last few years, but some of them are pretty complicated. I’d like to share the recipe for a pretty easy treat with you today, and in return, tell me about YOUR favourite holiday foods!

Thanks, and have a wonderful holiday!


Haselnussplaetzchen (Hazelnut Cookies)


1/4 pound flour

1/4 pound hazelnuts, lightly toasted and ground

1/4 pound sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

1/4 pound butter, flaked

chocolated glaze

whole hazelnuts

Sift the flour onto a board and add hazelnuts, sugar, vanilla sugar and butter. Quickly knead all the ingredients to a make the dough. Shape dough into a roll of approx. 1 1/2 inch dia. and put in a cool place for approx. 1 hour.

Cut 1 inch rounds and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Refrigerate again for approx. 30 mins. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for about 10 minutes.

Cover the cookies with chocolate glaze while they are still hot and decorate each cookie with a hazelnut. Leave the cookies to cool at room temperature.


JK Coi




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