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Course: Cutout CookiesCuisine: GermanDifficulty: Medium

German cutout cookies flavored with orange, nutmeg and brandy.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • rind of 1/2 orange, grated

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 fluid ounces brandy

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg white, beaten

  • decorations (sprinkles, crushed or whole nuts, color sugars, etc.)


  • Beat butter until creamy, gradually adding sugar. Add egg yolks, orange rind, nutmeg, vanilla, and brandy. Mix well. Slowly add flour until mixture becomes a workable dough. Roll out on a floured board (or between two sheets of waxed paper) and cut with cookie cutters, brush with egg white and decorate (sprinkles, nuts, sugar, etc.). Bake at 375F for about 10 minutes or until edges are golden. Allow to cool for one minute on baking sheet, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Yield depends on how large your cookie cutters are.


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Just what you need to complete the perfect christmas cookie jar. Will make lots more. Thank you and keep it up
- Louis

I made these for my nephews birthday. Fantastic recipe. I upped the brandy an Ounce and doubled the nutmeg. Came out absolutely Phenomenal.
- Chef Zach

I have made 3 batches of it, it has been a huge hit with the kiddies, perfect for decorating and easy to handle.
- Azucena

This is a standard type of cookie recipe...sugar, flour, butter. For those who do not want to use brandy, just substitute vanilla. However, for those who complained about the alcohol content in this recipe...if you have ever made any recipes with real vanilla extract...it is actually made with vodka and a vanilla bean to give the vodka the vanilla flavor. So I don't consider brandy as being too alcoholic for a cookie recipe.
- A Baker

I have been cooking and baking since I could hold a wooden spoon and turn on the stove. I've made many types of recipes using alcohols, Brandy, Cognac, Rum, etc. These tastes are very strong, and if you are not a drinker of these spirits, you may not like their taste in cooking. I made these cookies both ways, and they were delicious. I don't like having alcohol in items that children can easily get to. AND contrary to some notions, the alcohol is NOT cooked away. The batter never gets hot enough to cook it away, so these cookies could be intoxicating (if you eat dozens of them...). Some recipes allow for substituting extracts, which when added to the sugar, give the "familiar" taste, but are not so over powering. Most recipes work just fine by omitting the alcoholic ingredient. This may also be a concern if children may be eating the cookies. I think that many novice bakers forget, or don't know that Alcohol, in this case Brandy, can be a VERY strong flavor. When they taste the final product, they say it tastes "bad." Maybe, for the future, when submitting recipes, we should just advise to omit the alcohol in the recipe as a suggestion to those wary of baking with alcohol, as it usually does not affect the over-all flavor.
- Lisa Marie

Fantastic cookie !
- Amy

This recipe is horrible. The taste is fine, but the dough was a hassle to work with. I'm not sure I'd make them again. My sister and I spent two hours on them just trying to make the dough workable. I rated them 3 on sheer merit of the taste.
- Terese

YUM!!! These are great! I sprinkled light brown sugar on them before baking and powdered sugar as they cooled, because that was all I had. Forgot to buy toppings, but the powdered sugar turned out to be an excellent touch. It looks like snow on my Christmas tree-shaped cookies and they complement the orange flavor. O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum, how tasty are your branches! Next time I will make them green.
- Holly Hobby

I may only be 11, but when me and my father made this together... We sort of had the time of our lifes making it. But then we realized we read the title of the recipe... But we read a reacipe for cookies after reading the title. So we were trying to cook a cookie in the shape of a pie... So we re-did it and finally got it right and it was very very good... And easy to make.
- Shelby

This is the best recipe ever! I made it for my family and they loved it!! Very Easy to Make! Go for it!
- Jimmy
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