12 days of Christmas Cookies: Kris Kringles

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

I remember these cookies from my childhood, but did not know that they were called Kris Kringles until recently. It’s one of those names that make little sense to me, as the dominating ingredients (various citrus zests) seem to be the antithesis of the traditional Christmas giftbringer of Germany.

But they are fine looking cookies, that is for sure.

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup AP Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • pinch o’ salt
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 12 candied cherries, halved

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until the butter becomes slightly whipped. Then beat in the egg yolk, lemon zest and lemon juice. Once combined, add the flour, orange zest and the pinch o’ salt. Mix until the dough forms and the flour is thoroughly incorporated. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and place inthe refrigerator for at least one hour.

Immediately prior to taking the dough out to use, pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the beaten egg whites and then roll in the chopped nuts. Place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Top each cookie with a cherry half.

Put the cookies into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately place on a wire rack to cool.

Makes 2 dozen +/-

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