Traditional German Thumbprint Cookies, Kulleraugen

Traditional German Thumbprint Cookies, Kulleraugen

by Yvonne Christ

Try this authentic German cookie recipe for Kulleraugen, provided courtesy of Yvonne Christ,

Traditional German Thumbprint Cookies

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Traditional German Thumbprint Cookies are called Kulleraugen (wide eyes or bulging eyes). A traditional Christmas cookie quick and easy to prepare. So much fun to make the cookies with children.

Ingredients for Traditional German Thumbprint Cookies – Kulleraugen:

250 g (9 oz) of flour
100 g (3.5 ounces) of sugar
3 egg yolks
1 package of Dr. Oetker Vanilla Sugar Or 1/4 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon of baking powder
3 egg whites
150 g (5.5 oz) of soft margarine
50–80 g (2–3 oz) of blanched chopped almonds
200 g (7 oz) of red jelly or jam (your choice of fruit)
pinch of salt

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Preparation of Traditional German Thumbprint Cookies – Kulleraugen:

Sift the flour in a big bowl and mix it with the sugar, vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract), salt, and baking powder. Make a crevice in the mixture to place the egg yolks. Start mixing in some of the flour mixture with the eggs and spread the margarine on top. Knead the dough with your hands until it is nice and smooth.

Use a melon-ball spoon to portion the dough in small pieces and form them between your hands to little balls—about ¾ of an inch. Dip the top of each ball  in the egg whites and than in the ground almonds. Place paper on the baking sheet and set the dough on it the almonds topping facing up.

Use the round end of a cooking spoon to make a hole in the dough. Be careful that you don’t go all the whole way through. Fill a wide-tipped decoration bag with the jam or jelly and start filling in the holes.

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Preheat your oven 190°C (375°F). Place the German cookies bulging eyes on the middle rack and bake them for about 15 minutes. Leave them on the baking sheet for a little while before placing the cookies on a cooling rack. Store them in a tin box.

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Hope you enjoy these! _Oma

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About the author:

Yvonne Christ was born in Wiesbaden as a fifth child and spent her early childhood there in a rural suburb with her five brothers and one sister; these years formed and defined her. She experienced her teenage and young adult years in Frankfurt am Main, where she later also got married and gave birth to her first two children. After spending one and a half years in Bonn and after having had a third child, she accompanied her husband and immigrated with him to the United States in 1989 who was sent there for professional reasons. Today, she lives close to Washington, DC.

She has four children and by now also four grandchildren. After her children had left the nest, she established the blog A new purpose in life and at the same time a challenge.
A teacher herself, she not only would like to impart and share her experiences as a homemaker, mother, and grandmother but also give an insight into German customs, traditions and the way of life.

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