Kerstkransjes (Dutch Christmas Cookies)
Kerstkransjes are a traditional Dutch Christmas cookie. Kerstkransje means ‘Little Christmas Wreath’ because these cookies resemble Christmas wreaths. Every year when Christmas approaches these cookies pop up in the supermarket. They’re so easy to make yourself though, so why not make a few yourself this year!
How to make Kerstkransjes
This Kerstkransjes recipe is an adaptation of the Kerstkransjes recipe I found on AH.nl (Dutch). I recently made a new batch of vanilla sugar so I used that but you can substitute the vanilla sugar for vanilla extract.
You’ll need flour, castor sugar, vanilla sugar, eggs, lemon zest, butter, almond essence, thinly sliced almonds and cane sugar. Oh, and a pinch of salt which I forgot to take a photo from. And of course cookie cutters. (The full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below.)
Start by adding the flour and a pinch of salt to a bowl.
Add the castor sugar.
Add in the lemon zest.
And the butter.
Now I like to use the traditional, time tested, knife method. Where you take two butter knives and cut the butter through the other ingredients till you get a crumbly consistency.
It should look a little like this.
Once you have the crumbly consistency, it’s time to ditch the knives and get stuck in with your hands and bring all the ingredients together.
You should be able to form the cookie dough into a ball.
Wrap your cookie dough in some clingfilm and put it in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes.
While the dough is chilling it’s time to turn on the oven and preheat to 350 ºF / 175 ºC. And prepare a baking tray by lining it with parchment paper.
Take your chilled dough out of the fridge and roll it out on a floured work surface.
Take your cookie cutter. Ideally you use a cookie cutter with a scalloped edge so it resembles a wreath more, but I don’t have one so I used this blossom one instead and I think they look cute 🙂
Use a smaller, round cookie cutter to cut out the middle part of the cookie to create a hole.
Put your cut out cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and brush with egg.
Sprinkle cane sugar on the cookies.
As well as some thinly sliced almonds. That’s it, now it’s time to put them into the oven and bake till they’re a light, golden color.
You’ll end up with a batch of cookies that’ll look like this.
They’re perfect to hang in your Christmas tree as decoration as well. Obviously the cookies will go stale if you leave them in too long but it’s nice to hang them in the tree on the day that you’ll be eating them.