Are you hosting Christmas at your house this year? This easy dessert recipe will make your life easier when hosting a large number of family and friends during the holidays. Bethmännchen is a traditional cookie usually baked for Christmas Day, and comes from the Bethmann family of Frankfurt. This pastry is made from made from marzipan with almond, powdered sugar, rosewater, flour and egg. Bethmännchen is available in various chocolate shops in Frankfurt, Germany and is sold each year in Frankfurt’s Christmas Market, which is one of the oldest Christmas Markets in Germany. The recipe below will bake about 40 cookies.
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons peeled almond halves
120 almond halves, reserved for decoration
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons prepared marzipan (a prepared almond paste usually packaged in logs, available in specialty food stores)
1 tablespoon rosewater
7 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 small eggs
3-1/2 tablespoons flour
-Preheat oven to 350° F.
-Finely grind the measured almonds.
-Break the marzipan dough into small pieces and mix with one of the eggs, rosewater, powdered sugar, ground almonds and flour.
-Separate the remaining egg and beat the yolk, set aside.
-Form marzipan mixture into balls the size of walnuts, placing three almond halves onto the top of each ball.
-Brush each ball with the beaten yolk and place on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet on the middle rack. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
Have you baked Bethmännchen using a different recipe? If so, share your experience in the comments below.