Swiss Jam Biscuits

    1 hour 53 minutes

    These are Swiss biscuits called spitzbuben which are often made at Christmas. They are very decorate for little work!

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    Serves: 30 

    • 250g butter
    • 1 cup (120g) icing sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 egg white
    • 3 cups (375g) flour
    • 1 cup fruit jam, any flavour
    • 1/3 cup icing sugar for decoration

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Extra time:1hour resting  ›  Ready in:1hour53min 

    1. To Make Vanilla Sugar: Combine 1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar with a rinsed and dried vanilla bean in a jar. Cover and shake well. Shake occasionally for 2 -3 days. Use flavoured sugar, replenishing with fresh sugar, as needed.
    2. Beat butter until soft and fluffy. Mix in the icing sugar, vanilla sugar and salt until mass has a lighter colour.
    3. Beat the egg white into the creamed mixture, making sure to incorporate fully. Add in the flour and mix. Cover the dough and rest the dough in the refrigerator for one hour.
    4. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and roll it out until it is about 1cm thick. Cut out circles with pastry cutters. Cut smaller shapes into the middle of half of the circles.
    5. Bake in a preheated 200 degrees C oven for 6 to 8 minutes.
    6. Warm up jam. Put some jam on the biscuits without the holes in the middle. Then put the biscuits with the holes on top of the ones with jam. Sprinkle a bit of icing sugar on top to make them look nice.

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    These turned out beautifully. I learned how to make these when I lived in Germany, but I lost the recipe. This one seems identical. Make sure to cut out extra tops, because they will ocassionally crack during baking. In true German style, I love to put sauerkirsch (sour cherry) jam in the middle for a kick of tartness.  -  10 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Perfect. I struggled to use my mother in law's recipe, which is in German and uses weights rather than volume measurements. This recipe worked beautifully and even my German husband was thrilled. Thank you so much! Now that Advent is approaching, I plan to make several batches!  -  14 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These cookies are delicious! This has quickly become a new family favorite...I made a batch to send to my grandmother, but they were all gone before I could get them in the mail!  -  16 Jul 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)