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Jødekager (Danish Christmas Cookies)

Jødekager (Danish Christmas Cookies)

Jødekager (Danish Christmas Cookies)

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Jødekager (Danish Christmas Cookies)
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Course: Cutout CookiesDifficulty: Medium
Servings

20

small cookies
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A Danish cutout cookie topped with cinnamon sugar and an almond. While these are traditional during Christmas time, the word “Jødekager” means “Jewish cookies”, but we don’t know why they are called that.

Ingredients

  • For the dough:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup butter, scant (a little less than a 1/2 cup)

  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar

  • 1 large egg, separated

  • 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon or ground cardamom

  • pinch of salt

  • For the garnish:
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • blanched almonds to decorate (whole or slivered)

Directions

  • Make the cookies:
  • Pre-heat oven to 300 F (150 C). Set aside the egg white for the garnish. Rub the scant 1/2 cup butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the yolk of the egg, the sugar, salt and the 3/4 teaspoon of spice. Mix the dough with a wooden spoon and then knead until smooth. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut out small cookie shapes with your favorite cookie cutter and set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Garnish the cookies and bake:
  • Mix the egg white with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and brush over the cookies. Put one whole almond, or a sprinkling of slivered almonds, in the centre of each cookie. Bake 20 minutes or until light brown (keep an eye on them…they may brown faster if they are very small).

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I made these cookies when I was a child with my Farmor (fathers mother) She passed 26 years ago and no one had the recipe. Thank you so much for this. I am making these with my grand daughters this year and it is such a joy to share these with them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
- Cindy
I bake a lot and bake different recipes often and I have to admit that this recipe was the worst cookie recipe I've ever tried. It was horrible.
- A Baker
In my husbands Danish family we call these Jew Cakes (because we cannot pronounce the actual name). I only bake them for about 7 minutes, or the edges begin to burn. And they need to be rolled out so thin that you see light through them. I always use a pastry cloth and rolling pin cover in order to get them so thin.
- Sandy
My son loved the cookies! thanks for the recipe.
- A Baker
I love it! I made them for a cookie exchange. They were a hit!
- Tessa
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