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Chocolate-Walnut Cookies (Walnussplatzchen) (GERMAN Cuisine) Recipe

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This recipe for Chocolate-Walnut Cookies (Walnussplatzchen) (GERMAN Cuisine), by , is from The UWSP Multicultural Affairs Department Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Added: Tuesday, March 31, 2009


1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
cup finely chopped walnuts
teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon grated lemon peel
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground ginger

Filling & Frosting:
Powdered sugar
7 oz. marzipan
1 cup apricot jam, sieved
8 oz. semisweet chocolate
Whole walnuts

To make cookies, in a large bowl, beat together butter and 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat in egg yolk, flour, chopped walnuts, vanilla, lemon peel, cinnamon and ginger. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F (205C). Grease baking sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough until it is inches thick. Using cookies cutters, cut dough in assorted shapes. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake about 12 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets; place on cooling racks.
To make filling and frosting, lightly sprinkle the work surface with powdered sugar. Roll marzipan into a thin layer on work surface.
Cut into same shapes as cookies. Spread underside of 2 cooled cookies with a thin layer of apricot jam. Place a layer of marzipan between the cookies to form a sandwich with marzipan as a filling. Repeat until all cookies and marzipan are used. Cover cookie sandwiches generously with chocolate. Press a walnut half onto top of each cookie while chocolate is soft. Let stand until chocolate is firm. Makes about 36 cookies.




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