Oma's Bethmännchen Cookies

If you love marzipan, you'll love these Bethmännchen, because that's one of the main ingredients. Bethmännchen cookies are among the traditional German Christmas cookie recipes.  These cookies were originally created to honor the Bethmann family. 

With their three sons, these cookies are topped with three almonds. 

Prep Time

20 minutes

Bake Time

20 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes

Servings:

Makes about 3 dozen

Ingredients:

  • about 3 oz almonds, skinless, halved 
  • 8 oz marzipan, coarsely grated
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Separate egg.
  3. Mix powdered sugar and flour together. Add egg white and marzipan.
  4. Mix with a dough hook in mixer until you have a smooth dough. (Or knead with your hands.)
  5. Roll dough into balls the size of walnuts. You may need to add 1 - 2 tbsp flour extra so the dough isn't too sticky.
  6. Place cookies onto cookie sheet. Mix egg yolk and milk together. Brush mixture on cookies.
  7. Press three almond halves into each cookie with the tips pointing upward.
  8. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until pale golden.
  9. Place on a cookie rack until cold.

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