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    Bethmaennchen - German Christmas Cookies

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    40 mins

    25 mins

    15 mins

    LightEra's Note:

    My family first had these yummy almond cookies (pronounced "BAIT-men-chen") when a German exchange student made them for us at Christmas time so she could have a taste of home. She blanched, skinned, and halved the almonds herself, which took most of the preparation time. When pressed for time I have substituted store-bought chopped almonds, but I'm told that that's anathema for anyone who wants the real thing. This prep time excludes preparing the almonds.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    cookies

    Units: US | Metric

    • 3/4 cup almond halve, plus
    • 2 tablespoons peeled almond halves
    • 120 almond halves, reserved for decoration
    • 3/4 cup prepared marzipan, plus
    • 2 tablespoons prepared marzipan (a prepared almond paste usually packaged in logs, available in specialty food stores)
    • 1 tablespoon rose water
    • 7 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • 2 small eggs
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons flour

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. 2
      Finely grind the measured almonds.
    3. 3
      Break the marzipan dough into small pieces and mix with one of the eggs, rosewater, powdered sugar, ground almonds and flour.
    4. 4
      Separate the remaining egg and beat the yolk, set aside.
    5. 5
      Form marzipan mixture into balls the size of walnuts.
    6. 6
      Press three almond halves onto the sides of each ball. The almonds should stand up and down and be evenly spaced around the ball.
    7. 7
      Brush each ball with the beaten yolk and place on a cookie sheet.
    8. 8
      Place cookie sheet on the middle rack and bake 15 minutes until golden brown.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bethmaennchen - German Christmas Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (356 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 38.9
     
    Calories from Fat 23
    60%
    Total Fat 2.6 g
    4%
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    1%
    Cholesterol 7.0 mg
    2%
    Sodium 2.7 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 3.0 g
    1%
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    2%
    Sugars 1.5 g
    6%
    Protein 1.3 g
    2%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    marzipan

    marzipan

    rose water

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