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Kerstkransjes - Dutch Christmas Cookies

Kerstkransjes - Dutch Christmas Cookies are traditionally hung on Christmas trees as edible ornaments. Make a fabulous edible holiday gift!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Dutch
Servings: 32 cookies
Calories: 65kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract or 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon almond essence
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup cold butter
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds


  • In a bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon extract and almond essence.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles small peas.
  • Add egg and mix well for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add milk a little at a time.
  • As soon as it starts to come together (after about 4 tablespoons of the milk), knead it by hand and add the additional milk, if necessary.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or spray with non stick spray.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about ¼” thick.
  • Using a large and a small cookie cutter of the same shape, cut out cookies.
  • Transfer cookies to cookie sheets.
  • Keep on re rolling the excess dough until all of the dough has been utilized.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water.
  • Brush the cookies with the egg wash.
  • Sprinkle sugar on top of the cookies.
  • Distribute almon slices on top of the cookie cutouts.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until cookies feel set.
  • Let cool completely before removing from tray.
  • Tie with ribbons and hang on the Christmas tree.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg