Challenging Arts & Crafts

Simple Viennese Christmas Cookies

Christmas is really just around the corner and I hurried-up a bit in baking these cookies as it´s just a few days left and we´re about to leave this weekend for our Christmas holiday... I have done a bit of packing here and there and the plants were set to get some lights from the window with its watering system..

For this recipe, I used the simple basic cookie recipe popular
in Vienna and they are really super easy to make. Even kids can help out, they´ll surely have fun if you make this into a family affair.......below is the recipe, dear friends.


250g Flour
175 g Butter, cubed
90 g granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 pack Vanilla sugar
grated rind of 1 lemon
marmalade ( here, I used strawberry & peach marmalade)
confectioner´s sugar



1. Preheat oven to 180 ° C. Sift the flour on the work surface.
Place the cubed butter to the edge of the flour. Make a hollow-shape in the middle of the flour and add the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla sugar and grated lemon peel. Quickly knead all ingredients into smooth dough, make dough into a ball shape, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

2. Roll out dough on a floured work surface. By using cookie forms , cut out various shapes, I used a thimble to punch a hole in the middle of the top cookie placing the cut out dough on lined baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes til slightly golden in color .

3. Allow to cool and then brush one cookie side with the marmalade of your choice. Put the second cookie with hole on top of the cookie with the marmalade thereby carefully closing both as in a sandwich. Arrange the cookies on a platter, sprinkle with confectioner´s sugar.

Happy Baking!

Wishing everyone a bright Wednesday ahead whever you are
 in your part of the world.