“Nussecken”- traditional German christmas biscuits

I got this recipe from my German mother-in-law who inherited it within her family. This Christmas pastry is not missing at any Christmas in Germany, probably like our gingerbread, and I have tried it in different forms but so far I like the ones from my mother-in-law the best.


  • 300g plain flour
  • ½ baking powder
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 Vanilla sugar
  • 150g butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g chopped almonds
  • 200g chopped hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp jam (preferably apricot) 100g kr. Sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 2 packets of vanilla sugar
  • 4PL water


  • Place the butter, jam, water, sugar, vanilla sugar in a saucepan and let melt together, stirring constantly.
  • When the items are liquid, add chopped or grated nuts. Mix everything well and let the filling cool thoroughly.
  • For the dough, first beat the eggs with the sugar until frothy. Add the flour, butter and baking powder and work into a smooth dough that is still slightly runny.
  • Spread it on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Spread the nut mixture on top and spread it evenly. Bake together at 180°C until golden (approx. 25 min).
  • Then let the dough cool and cut it into cubes and halve them to make triangles.
  • Finally dip the sides of the triangles in melted chocolate and leave to cool. Alternatively, you can just drizzle the chocolate over the surface of the triangle.

See also video to the recipe- https://youtube.com/shorts/xMveYCHALUY?feature=share

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