Our Adventures in Baking ~ Spritzgebäck German Christmas Cookies

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” around our house this time of year, as the Christmas cookies are being baked in time for Advent following Thanksgiving ~ what a great time of year! 🙂 My wife bakes her German Christmas cookies from a handwritten notebook of family recipes she’s collected over the years, and a couple of days ago she baked her first batch of Spritzgebäck, a particular favorite of ours! Actually, all her German Christmas cookies are our favorites, as they’ve been part of our family tradition from the very beginning, and over the coming days you’ll get a chance to see them all! 🙂

Spritzgebäck is a traditional German Christmas cookie, and you can easily find a quality recipe online at a good German baking website. German baking is often restrained compared to American recipes, as they don’t go overboard with icing, sprinkles and salt, but instead let the true flavors of the individual ingredients come forth for appreciation.  My wife coats the end of each Spritzgebäck cookie with a 50/50 ratio of melted dark and milk chocolate Ritter Sport chocolate bars, as it’s our favorite flavor ratio.

There are many style varieties of Spritzgebäck, depending on your individual preference in shape and form, so go ahead and experiment and discover your own personal favorites.  The two snowmen are my personal tradition to make at the end with the remaining cookie dough ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

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