Oma Kiener's Hazelnut Christmas Cookies

Oma Kiener's Hazelnut Christmas Cookies

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"An ice box cookie, these were one of the two Christmas cookie recipes my German grandmother made every year until her death at age 92. While they may not be fancy like other Christmas cookies recipes, they are easy to make and taste very nutty. They make me think of Christmas and my grandmother every time I enjoy one."
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8 h 27 m servings 52 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 52 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 2.8 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 6g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 48 mg
  • 2%

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.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Beat the butter, sugar, egg, and salt together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and baking soda, and mix just until blended. Mix in the hazelnuts.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into 2 1/2 inch log. Wrap snugly in wax paper, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.
  4. Unwrap, and cut the log into 1/8 inch thick slices. Place on prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Brush tops with beaten egg and, if desired, decorate with sprinkles.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on racks, and store in an airtight tin.


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Initially I felt these cookies were a little on the bland side eventhough my whole family liked them. I did however make a few changes to the recipe. First, the dough was too dry, so I added 2...

these were delicious! definitely will be an addition to the christmas collection - (My great aunt used to make something similiar at christmas,....ahhh,..the memories!)

These were good but lacked the specialness of a Christmas cookie. Thanks for sharing.

I agree with those whom were impressed by them, and disagreed with those that felt they were too bland, or lacked 'specialness'. I think sometimes we Americans feel shortchanged if we don't get...

Tasty and easy.. took to church potluck.. they vanished

My great-grandma always made these cookies, not with hazelnuts but with (yuck) walnuts. These didn't taste like hers, but it's only because my great-grandmother made her own butter from raw mil...

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