Friday, 20 December 2013

Basler Herzen - Swiss Christmas Cookies

Perfect cookies for festive season that are not only low in carbohydrates but also gluten free. Recipe is based on old, traditional swiss recipe. Cookies, dry and filled with nuts, keep fresh for weeks and nicely wrapped make a beautiful christmas gift. Mix of almonds, cinnamon and cloves gives them a wonderfully wintery aroma and flavour. Traditionally, the heart-shaped cookies were given as a expression of love :) 

Ingredients (about 45 cookies):
  • 100 g dark chocolate ( I used Menier)
  • 250 g ground almonds
  • 250 g xylitol (powdered)
  • 1 tsp cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.
  • Place almond in a big, ungreased frying pan. Stir often oven medium heat until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  • Place almonds, powdered xylitol, cocoa, spices in a medium bowl.
  • Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt to stiff peaks. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add melted chocolate and mix to combine. Form the dough into a ball, wrapped in a kitchen foil and cool for 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Roll out the dough (about 1 cm thick) and cut out the shapes. You will need a little bit of powdered xylitol dusted on the surface to prevent sticking.
  • Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and leave it for about 12 h or overnight in a dry place (its ok in a room temperature).
  • Brush the cookies with lightly beaten egg white and bake at 200 ยบ C for about 8 - 13 minutes
  • Store in an airtight container for 1-2 months.
Enjoy :-)

Carbohydrates and Calories:

Whole dough 1 cookie
Carbohydrates 103 g 2.3 g
Calories 2768 61

Source: Adapted from moje wypieki

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