Mailanderli (Swiss Christmas biscuits)

    1 hour 10 min

    These buttery lemon biscuits are traditional Christmas treats in Switzerland, usually made for Weihnachten (Christmas eve) and topped with sprinkles - but no worries, they can be enjoyed year-round! Give them a go for a differently sweet elevenses or afternoon tea treat.

    28 people made this

    Serves: 50 

    • 4 eggs
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 250g butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 500g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
    • 2 egg yolks, beaten
    • seasonal coloured sprinkles

    Prep:50min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. In a large bowl, whisk 4 eggs; blend in sugar and beat until mixture is thick and pale, about 10 minutes. Mix in the melted butter and salt, then gradually fold in the flour and lemon zest. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or, preferably, overnight.
    2. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Lightly grease baking tray.
    3. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 5mm thickness. Cut into desired shapes using biscuit cutters. Place biscuits on prepared baking tray. Brush with beaten egg yolks and decorate with sprinkles.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until golden at the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool biscuits on racks.

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    Easy to make & very tasty - thank you for this recipe!  -  28 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I was very satified with the taste of this cookie. I think it could have used more flavor though. But other than that I would reccomend this.  -  19 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    really good. a waaaaayyyy better recipe than the one my cousin found on google XD. it was easy to make with my cousin and good too^^ we some whip cream to make it fun at the end.. it was alrightXD. but other than our crazy addition, it was good^^  -  31 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)