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About this recipe: This is a classic German Christmas biscuit.

Cynthia Lang

Serves: 24 

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 175g butter
  • 150g margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 500g sifted plain flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 180g green glace cherries
  • 24 red glace cherries

Prep:45min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:57min 

  1. Cream together 200g sugar with butter and margarine. Beat in 2 eggs and add orange zest.
  2. Sift flour and gradually blend into sugar mixture. Dough should hold together and not be crumbly.
  3. Take a walnut sized piece of dough and roll in the palm of your hand to create a 10 to 15cm rope. Bring ends together to form a circle, and fold ends over each other. Brush with a mixture made from beaten egg white and 2 teaspoons sugar; this makes a glossy finish. Add green glace cherries for 'leaves' and 1/2 a red glace cherry for the 'berry' - used to decorate at the knot.
  4. Bake at 200 C / Gas 6 on ungreased baking trays for 10 to 12 minutes. Bake only until biscuits are light brown on bottom - just barely baked.


You may find the biscuits easier to decorate if the green glace cherries are roughly chopped.

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