These tantalizing German favourites will be a hit at an annual Christmas cookie exchange.
Very popular in many European countries, these lovely little cookies have black pepper, which enhances the other spices in the cookie without adding heat.
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These moulded aniseed cookies get their festive designs with a special deeply patterned rolling pin. It is said that traditionally children were each presented with their own personal springerle moulds made of wood or metal.
These almond crescents are light and buttery with a delicate vanilla flavour. Vanilla sugar is sold in packets in most grocery stores and German markets. Or substitute icing sugar.
Glazed cinnamon stars are made from a flourless sticky dough. Though it takes a little more effort than regular rolled cookies, the results are worth it.