Our Adventures in Baking ~ Spritzgeb├Ąck 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! ­čÖé 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 Spritzgeb├Ąck, 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! ­čÖé

Spritzgeb├Ąck 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. ┬áMy wife coats the end of each┬áSpritzgeb├Ąck 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┬áSpritzgeb├Ąck, depending on your individual preference in shape and form, so go ahead and experiment and discover your own personal favorites. ┬áThe two snowmen are my personal tradition to make at the end with the remaining cookie dough ~ enjoy! Ôś╝ ­čÖé

German Christmas Cookies ~ Spritzgeb├Ąck

I’ve always wanted my wife to start her own blog to share the photos of her baking, cooking and fine lace crochet work over the years, and she’s agreed to allow me to share her work here on my blog. ┬áI’ll share the photos of her recent baking projects with you first, and then future posts over time as she completes new baking projects. ┬áUnless otherwise mentioned, the baked products are her own work, and my role is simply to enjoy eating them! ­čÖé Today’s feature is one of our favorite German Christmas cookies from this past Christmas called Spritzgeb├Ąck. ┬áThe recipe is her family’s recipe passed down through the generations, but probably not so different from any other┬áSpritzgeb├Ąck recipe found online at a German baking site ~ enjoy! Ôś╝ ­čÖé