Frankfurter Christmas Cookies – German Christmas Cookies

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Frankfurter Christmas Cookies (Bethmännchen)


  • 1 lb marzipan
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup ground almonds
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 2 Tbsp orange liqueur
  • 80 whole skinless almonds halved
  • 8 Tbsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line cookie sheets with baking parchment.
  • Chop the marzipan into pieces and place in a big bowl. Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl. Add the ground almonds, flour, egg whites, and orange liqueur to the mixture. Knead well.
  • Form small balls of dough and place on prepared cookie sheets. Take 3 almond halves and press them into each ball, forming a star-like decoration.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the milk and egg yolks. Brush the mixture on the top of each cookie.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes.
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Hesse
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