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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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servings 360 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



  • Calories:
  • 360 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 21.8 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 37.2g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 268 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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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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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...

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 ...

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

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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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...

Had to wait 40 years for secret family recipe. Learns nothing, and shares with world. You rock! LOL!

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