Belgrader Brot (German Christmas Cookies)

READY IN: 55mins
YIELD: 6 dozen




  • Grease and flour a large baking sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.
  • Add sugar gradually and continue beating until thickened and pale.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients.
  • Gradually add to egg mixture and mix until combined.
  • Fold in lemon rind, candied fruit and almonds.
  • This dough is soft and sticky, so either oil or wet your hands before handling.
  • Divide dough into thirds.
  • On the baking sheet, form the dough into three long flat "loaves" spaced a few inches apart to allow for spreading. If your baking sheet is large enough, it will all fit on one sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • While the cookies are baking, make the icing by combining the ingredients. You should have a spreadable consistency.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and let stand a few minutes.
  • Ice the loaves while they are still on the baking sheet.
  • Allow to rest for 5 minutes, then slice the loaves crosswise into approximately 1/2-3/4 inch slices. Do not wait too long before slicing, as the icing will flake off if it cools too much before you slice.
  • Allow to cool on the baking sheet. These freeze well and keep well.