Totenbeinli (Swiss Hazelnut 'Legs') Recipe -
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Totenbeinli (Swiss Hazelnut 'Legs')

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"This is a tasty hazelnut cookie found mostly in the Graubuenden region of Switzerland. The name means 'legs'."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then stir in the orange juice, lemon zest, and cinnamon. Fold in the flour and hazelnuts, mixing just enough to evenly combine. Form into 1/2 inch by 3 inch sticks, and place onto a baking sheet 1 inch apart.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until brown around the edges, about 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
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Mar 20, 2012

I guess to have an appreciation for have to have spent some time in Switzerland. They are sticky, but they are FABULOUS!! Love 'em!! These are for a more sophisticated palat. You must let them set in your mouth, chew them slowly. Then your taste buds wake up and say WOW!!!

Dec 15, 2007

These cookies are a sticky mess.


4 Ratings

Aug 23, 2010

I always make mine the night before and let them rest on the pan before baking. Totenbeidli actually means "little dead legs". I have not tried this particular recipe for them but I highly recommend totenbeindlis in general.

Oct 01, 2013

this recipe is fine but there's a very important step missing!! once you have dough - put between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap and roll out to 1cm. refrigerate for a good 30min and THEN cut . . . no onder carol found them a sticky mess . . . instead of orange juice, add 1/4 c finely chopped citron tossed in a little flour . . . they you'll get the real flavor of 'totebeinli'


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  • Calories
  • 85 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4.5 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 10 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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