Bethmaennchen - German Christmas Cookies

Recipe by LightEra
READY IN: 40mins
YIELD: 40 cookies


  • 34
    cup almond halve, plus
  • 2
    tablespoons peeled almond halves
  • 120
    almond halves, reserved for decoration
  • 34
    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 12
    tablespoons flour


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