by Krysia

I ran across an old recipe book from my mother recipe collection entitled "Frau Barbara erwartet Gaste". Inside this recipe was marked with an "x" beside it and then her typed English version of the recipe ingredients, but no instructions what to do with them after kneading the ingredients together.

What I don't know is if this is a cookie dough or a cake-like bread dough. Can you fill me in what the recipe title is and what the final product is? My mother died just over a year ago and I cannot find anything online. Thanks.

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Hi Krysia,

The translation of the book title is "Mrs. Barbara awaits guests".

Mürbeteig is a type of shortcrust pastry dough that needs to be handled quickly to prevent the dough from getting warm.

The term "Mürbchen" implies something small. The suffix "chen" is added to words to signify "small".

This makes me think these are little pastry-type cookies or squares. Do you have the recipe in German from the book that you could send? Perhaps a scan or photo of it would make it easier than typing it out.

In place of the umlauts, the letter "e" is added after any vowel so the word "Mürbchen" can also be written "Muerbchen"

When I checked for a recipe, there really isn't one. There are many, since the word is sort of a generic term, such as we would say "shortbread" -- there are many types of shortbread.

If you could pass on the recipe ingredients and instructions, I can translate and also try them out.

I love a mystery and that's what this is . . .


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Apr 30, 2015
Muerbchen with or without Raisins
by: Andrea Albert

Muerbchen, as I know them, are rolls (Broetchen. The texture is like a brioche. You can get them with or without raisins (Rosinen). In the northern part of Germany they are called Rosinenbroetchen.

Apr 06, 2013
Try this!
by: Patty

I found this on line and wanted to share with you the website that has a couple of recipes for them. I just typed the name into BING and then went to the site and had Google translate it for me. Hope this helps.

Jan 19, 2013
How to send picture
by: Gerhild


I now need to also apologize for the delayed response. Just got back from an amazing 2 weeks in Cuba. No internet though.

In order to send the scanned page, send it as an attachment to my email: gerhild@quick-german-recipes.com

I can then post it on this page and then also do the translation.


Jan 09, 2013
by: Krysia

Sorry for the delayed response! Thank you for translating what this recipe is for: shortbread!
I finally got this page scanned for you (or anyone else) to translate for me, but how do I attach it to my response? I've been looking around the site but don't see anything obvious for me to attach the scanned recipe. Once I get this figured out, if anyone wants to translate the other recipes on this page, that would be wonderful!

Dec 19, 2012
Just Plain Shortbread Cookies ? ? ?
by: Silvia Bell

Hi Gerhild,

I read the article about "Muerbchen". I looked at the allrecipes.com website and there are 57 recipes for muerbeteig. Of course they are all written in german. There was no recipe for Muerbchen, but I think they are just plain shortbread cookies. Hope this helps.

Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr.

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Thanks, Silvia. I appreciate you looking into this as well!


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