Wainachsrollen Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Wainachsrollen Recipe


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"This recipe is adapted from my great-grandmother's recipe, that is over 100 years old. I had to wait 40 years before my mother would share this recipe with me. This recipe tastes similar to the windmill cookies that they used to sell in our grocery store-but my family thinks that this version is much more flavorful and softer."

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  1. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, melted lard, white sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. Mix until well blended. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and almonds. Roll the dough into 2 logs about 2 1/2 inches in diameter; refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Let the dough logs thaw for about 5 minutes.
  3. Slice dough into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Alternative: You can use a cookie stamp, mold or press for these cookies-after you have chilled the dough, roll out the dough to 1/2" thick and press down on the down to 1/4" thickness.
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Jan 12, 2003

Bless you for submitting this recipe. My aunt willed me her 100 yr. old German cookie mold but took her recipe to the grave. I think this is very close to the cookies I remember eating as a child. I loved them! It worked out quite well with the hand carved mold as long as the dough was kept cold. A little additional flour improved the detail of the mold designs. I never knew the name of the cookie until now, but believe the spelling would be Weinachstollen.

Jul 02, 2007

Almost like those windmill cookies you can buy in the store. However I still felt like it was missing a little something? I think it maybe a bit of salt, because these are not very sweet. Maybe a touch of salt would make the sweetness pop out a little.

Jan 09, 2007

Thank you!! These taste almost exactly like my Grandma Wagner's cookies. I know she used lard. My cookbook from her calls them "Weihnachtstrollen"

Apr 09, 2007

These were your traditional german cookie. I did increase the cinnamon. makes a large batch.

Oct 28, 2005

Sorry I gave these such a bad review. I ate these fresh from the oven, and it was a big mistake. After setting these are a very good cookie. I make them most years for Christmas.

Feb 28, 2005

I just wanted to take another stab at the actual name of these cookies...Weihnachtsrollen might be a possibility (christmas 'rolls'). Weihnachtsstollen is a common Christmas bread, also, but I have never seen it in the form of a cookie.

Dec 09, 2009

I've never tried anything like this before, so I will take others for their word as to the authenticity. All I can really say is that it's a large, somewhat flavorless, soft cookie. I'm glad I tried it.

Nov 10, 2012

This is such a fabulous recipe. The cookies are ridiculously addictive. I make them every Christmas. And I have to stop myself from eating them because I give them as gifts. But I don't tell people about the lard, for some reason, that turns them off. Whatever, heaven in your mouth I say!


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  • Calories
  • 360 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.2 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 21.8 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 268 mg
  • 11%

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

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