Kerstkransjes (Dutch Christmas Cookies)
Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree.
  1. Add all the ingredients for the cookie dough into a bowl (flour, castor sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon zest, almond essence, one egg, butter and a pinch of salt)
  2. Use two butter knives to cut the butter through all the ingredients until it resembles a crumbly texture.
  3. Once crumbly, use your hands to shape the cookie dough into a ball and wrap in clingfilm. Leave in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF / 175 ºC. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  5. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough, roughly 1.7 inch / 4mm thick. Using a round, preferably scalloped edged cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. Using a smaller, round cookie cutter, cut a hole in the middle of the cookie. Transfer the cut-out cookies onto the baking tray.
  1. Lightly beat an egg and brush the cookies with some of the egg. Sprinkle cane sugar and thinly sliced almonds on top of the cookies.
  2. Bake the cookies for approximately 15 minutes, until golden.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights measurements.

  • You can substitute the vanilla sugar in this recipe for 1 tsp vanilla extract. If you do that you might want to add an extra tablespoon of sugar to the recipe as well, depending on your personal preference.