- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
- 1-1/2 cups chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped candied citron
- Confectioners' sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine eggs, butter, lemon peel and extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in almonds and citron.
- Shape into 1/2-in. balls and place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 12 dozen.
Reviews for German Christmas Cookies
"I got 4 dozen cookies out of this recipe! I admit that I had adjusted the recipe by adding 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ginger, and omitted the chopped almonds. There are folks who have an allergy to nuts, so I used 3/4 cup mixture of candied cherries and chopped apricots as I didn't have citron on hand. These cookies went over very well when I took them to events at my retirement community-thank you for sharing! I remembered to buy citron, so I can put that to use in this recipe the next time! delowenstein"
"Sweet, spiced just right and perfect for the holiday! These are some of my new favorite cookies! I loved the spice and anise combo. I didn't get anywhere near 12 dozen cookies but they were still very good!"