Dominosteine, aka domino stones, is that ONE treat I always bought as soon as the Christmas goodies were available at our local German deli. BUT, they are quite expensive. AND, I really, really like them. So, this year, I'm making them instead, and that's thanks to Flora, one of our readers, who requested a recipe for this.
Making Dominosteine is a fairly long process. Certainly not one of the quick German Christmas cookie recipes. But, if you really want Domino "stones", and can't buy any, and love to bake, then try these.
This recipe is my updated version taken from my really old, falling-apart Das neue große Kochbuch. It has so many pages missing, but it's out of print, so I can't replace it.
This is a German gingerbread-type cookie. It's often called a "layered gingerbread" because the traditional "cookie" has three layers that are covered in chocolate.
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They are actually a fairly "new" German tradition. These little treats were the "inexpensive" pralines created by Herbert Wendler in 1936 in Dresden to add to his more expensive pralines. This cheaper chocolate included a lebkuchen (gingerbread) layer, a sour cherry or apricot jelly layer, and a marzipan layer. These little squares were then coated with chocolate.
Now, however, they are so in demand that they are among the pricier Christmas treats one can buy. Now, though, thanks to Flora, this will end up becoming one of my German Christmas traditions because it brings that wonderful gingerbread fragrance throughout the house.
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