Christmas Cookies “Mailänderli”

In the front you can see the traditional Mailänderli and behind them the vegan ones.

In the front you can see the traditional Mailänderli and behind them the vegan ones.

Today I’ll show you the most loved (and baked) Christmas cookies of the Swiss: Mailänderli (that’s Swiss German). No Christmas without Mailänderli, that’s for sure!

They are made out of some very basic ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, flour and lemon zest.  So simple – and soooo good!

As they are such an incredible classic (where I live) I was rather sceptical when my friend Lucia told me that she wanted to bake a vegan version. So, we met up, both with our doughs prepared and started baking!

As you can see on the picture, the vegan Mailänderli don’t have that yellow colour (that the traditional ones get from the egg yolk with which I covered them). Also, they do not taste exactly the same. Lucia also tried some other vegan Christmas Cookies and it seems that those which only use egg whites (and no yolks) are much easier to copy. Still, the vegan Cookies are definitely worth a try – if you’d like to know what traditional Mailänderli taste like I would, however, recommend the non-vegan version.

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Finally, I’d like to thank you for stopping by my page – I really appreciate this and wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a happy New Year!

Dobby wishes a MERRY CHRISTMAS, too, of course!

Dobby wishes a MERRY CHRISTMAS, too, of course!

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Mailänderli (traditional and vegan)

Preparation time: about 1h (+ 2h to cool the dough)

Baking time: 9-11 min

Yield: about 60 cookies (depending on how big your cookie cutters are)

Ingredients (traditional version):­

250g butter­

225g sugar

1 pinch of salt

­3 eggs

­1 lemon (zest and 1 tbsp. juice)

­500g flour

1 egg yolk, diluted (e.g. with a bit of cream)

­maybe coarse sugar (to decorate before baking)

 

Ingredients (vegan version):

250g margarine­

200g sugar

­1 pinch of salt

4-6 tbsp. soy cream

­1 lemon (zest)

­500g flour

­maybe as a frosting (apply before baking)

4 EL soy cream

­1 tbsp. water

­1 pinch of sugar

­1 pinch of curcuma

Preparation:

  1. Let the butter get soft at a warm place. Then, whisk until very soft.SONY DSC
  2. Add sugar, salt and eggs and whisk until the mixture is light.
  3. Add the zest of a (well washed!) lemon. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice of the same lemon and whisk again.
  4. Sieve and add the flour. Combine to form a dough and let it cool down for about 2 hours at a cool place.SONY DSC
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Prepare baking tins covered with baking parchment.
  6. Spread the dough (8mm thick). Cut the dough with several cookie cutters. When a baking tin is full, let it rest in a cool place for 10 minutes, then brush the cookies with the diluted egg yolk. If you like you can decorate the cookies with a bit of coarse sugar.SONY DSC
  7. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 8-11 minutes until they are golden brown.
  8. Store in an air-tight box.

(traditional recipe after „Betty Bossi: Das neue Guetzlibuch“)

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(Both English and German versions available!)

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Mailänderli (English version)

Christmas Tree-Chocolate-Cupcakes

SONY DSCIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! And here comes my first “really” Christmassy post featuring some of the cutest Christmas trees you will ever see/eat.

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Creating these cupcakes made me so happy and giving them to some friends to make their stressful pre-Christmas time a bit more relaxing and festive even more!

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I made the trees myself and used some bought cupcake toppers to join those little cuties on the muffins. Below you can read how easily the trees are made.

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I wish you a wonderful Advent season with many lovely calm momentes despite everything that needs to be done/studied etc. Make the most of this magical time and, of course, don’t forget to bake these very Christmassy muffins! 😉

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Christmas Tree-Chocolate-Cupcakes

Preparation time: about 1h 20 min

Baking time: 18-22 min

Yield: 6 cupcakes (for 12 cupcakes: double everything)

Ingredients (for the muffins):

­       2 tbsp. cacao powder

­       70g flour

­       1 tsp. baking powder

­       30g muscovado sugar

­       1 tsp. vanilla sugar

­       ½ TL gingerbread seasoning

­       1 small pinch of salt

­       40g milk chocolate, coarsely chopped

­       40 dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

­       1 egg

­       4 tbsp. milk

­       40g butter, softened

Furthermore you need:

 

­       100g green fondant

­       sugar decoration (stars, hearts, snowflakes, pearls, …)

­       4 tbsp. confectioner‘s sugar

­       1 tbsp. lemon juice

­       1 small brush

­       6 toothpicks

­       if you like: some cupcake toppers

­       6 (Christmassy) paper muffin liners

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375° F). Line a muffin tin with 6 (if possible Christmassy) paper muffin liners.
  2. Sieve cacao, flour, baking powder and gingerbread seasoning into a bowl. Add muscovado sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and chopped chocolate. Mix with warm, softened butter.
  3. Mix egg and milk and add to the flour mixture. Don’t overwhisk, otherwise the muffins won’t get fluffy and light.
  4. Distribute the dough equally into the 6 muffin liners. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the dough has risen and feels elastic when poked with a finger.
  5. Let the muffins cool down in the muffin tin for 2 minutes. Then, take them out and let them cool down completely on a cooling rack. SONY DSC
  6. Divide the green fondant into 6 parts. Form 6 small cones.
  7. Cut with small (if possible, slightly bent scissors) to create the tree’s branches. (Tip: Put the fondant onto a toothpick to make decorating easier.)SONY DSCSONY DSC
  8. Mix confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice and apply the icing onto the little stars/hearts/snowflakes/pearls with your little brush. “Glue” them onto the tree.
  9. Put the trees onto toothpicks. Stick the toothpicks into the muffins and decorate with some Christmassy cupcake toppers if you wish.

(recipe of the chocolate muffins inspired by “Mini-Muffins & mehr“ byJoanna Farrow)

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To get a printed version: Download the pdf.
(Both English and German versions available!)

Christmas Tree-Chocolate-Cupcakes

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