I baked these cookies and then fooled around with my camera to present them in a somewhat interesting fashion. I’m nowhere near the ability of my friend who not only has an eye for this type of thing, but who also has more professional equipment, and experience. Not to mention a couple of blogs (see here and here). But she lives next door and gives me tips on both the cooking/baking and the photography….and she samples my stuff.
I baked Chrabeli, Haselnut-chocolate stars called Nussknusperli, and jam-filled sandwich cookies called Spitzbuben. (Yep, that’s all Swiss-German.)
The Chrabeli are a very dry cookie filled with eggs, confection sugar, and anis-seed.
The haselnut stars I sort of invented myself by combining a couple of different recipes, and adding the chocolate chip in the centre. Nuss (nut) Knusperli (crispies) are a hit with the kids around here.
Spitzbuben are buttery cookies filled with jam. My mom always made them into rings, but hearts, or stars, are just as easy (and appropriate for Christmas). These are a favourite with the husband and his side of the family.
The recipes I got out of a cook book my aunt sent me years ago, by Betty Bossi.