Recipe: Treat yourself to a traditional Swiss delight of Basler Brunsli cookies this Christmas


This Christmas, treat your guests to Basler Brunsli Cookies, which are traditional Swiss soft chocolate and hazelnut cookies with a hint of spice. Check out their mouthwatering recipe inside

ThroughZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Originally from Basel in Switzerland, Basler Brunsli or “Little Brown Cookies” are a staple of the Swiss Christmas table where “brown ” means brown and “-li” means small and were served in Basel not only at Christmas, but also at parties and weddings. Although they originated in the 1700s, they are quickly making their way around the world and now you can even bake your own batch of Basler Brunsli cookies at home.


This Christmas, treat your guests to Basler Brunsli Cookies, which are traditional Swiss soft chocolate and hazelnut cookies with a hint of spice. Check out their mouthwatering recipe below and thank us later.

Ingredients:

Sugar – 120g

Almond flour – 200g

Pinch of salt

Pinch of mixed spices (Nutmeg / Cinnamon / Clove / Ginger) It is a mixture of these spices

Cocoa powder – 24g

Flour – 24g

Egg white – 56g

Black blanket – 80g

Kirsch (warmed) / Dark Rum – 15ml

Method:

Mix the sugar, salt, spices, cocoa and flour together. Beat egg whites into soft peaks. Using a dough hook, gently fold in the dry ingredients. Add the melted chocolate and hot Kirsch. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate overnight.

Roll out to 10mm and cut in a crescent shape or with any festive cookie cutter. Use a generous amount of powdered sugar while rolling the dough. Bake at 180º C. Ideally 12-14 minutes depending on the shape.


This particular cookie is moist and should not be baked until it is completely crisp / crunchy. Cool on wire racks and store in airtight containers. To be consumed ideally within a week.

(Recipe: Mahesh Kini, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Bengaluru)

Cocoa has the ability to stimulate the brain to release endorphins which help elevate mood. Unsweetened cocoa powder is a source of magnesium and other minerals and does not contain the high calorie cocoa butter or sugars found in garden chocolate.

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