Kerstkransjes (Dutch Christmas Cookies)

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Kerstkransjes are a traditional Dutch Christmas cookie. Kerstkransje means ‘Little Christmas Wreath’ because these cookies resemble Christmas wreaths. Every year when Christmas approaches these cookies pop up in the supermarket. They’re so easy to make yourself though, so why not make a few yourself this year!

How to make Kerstkransjes

This Kerstkransjes recipe is an adaptation of the Kerstkransjes recipe I found on AH.nl (Dutch). I recently made a new batch of vanilla sugar so I used that but you can substitute the vanilla sugar for vanilla extract.

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 01

You’ll need flour, castor sugar,  vanilla sugar, eggs, lemon zest, butter, almond essence, thinly sliced almonds and cane sugar. Oh, and a pinch of salt which I forgot to take a photo from. And of course cookie cutters. (The full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below.)

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 02

Start by adding the flour and a pinch of salt to a bowl.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 03

Add the castor sugar.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 04

And the vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract)

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 05

Add in the lemon zest.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 06

Almond essence.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 07

An egg.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 08

And the butter.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 09

Now I like to use the traditional, time tested, knife method. Where you take two butter knives and cut the butter through the other ingredients till you get a crumbly consistency.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 10

It should look a little like this.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 11

Once you have the crumbly consistency, it’s time to ditch the knives and get stuck in with your hands and bring all the ingredients together.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 12

You should be able to form the cookie dough into a ball.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 13

Wrap your cookie dough in some clingfilm and put it in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes.

While the dough is chilling it’s time to turn on the oven and preheat to 350 ºF / 175 ºC. And prepare a baking tray by lining it with parchment paper.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 14

Take your chilled dough out of the fridge and roll it out on a floured work surface.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 15

Take your cookie cutter. Ideally you use a cookie cutter with a scalloped edge so it resembles a wreath more,  but I don’t have one so I used this blossom one instead and I think they look cute 🙂

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 16

Use a smaller, round cookie cutter to cut out the middle part of the cookie to create a hole.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 17

Put your cut out cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and brush with egg.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 18

Sprinkle cane sugar on the cookies.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 19

As well as some thinly sliced almonds.  That’s it, now it’s time to put them into the oven and bake till they’re a light, golden color.

 

Kerstkransjes Recipe - Dutch Christmas Cookies | Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree. | www.cakieshq.com | Step 20

You’ll end up with a batch of cookies that’ll look like this.

 

Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree.

They’re perfect to hang in your Christmas tree as decoration as well. Obviously the cookies will go stale if you leave them in too long but it’s nice to hang them in the tree on the day that you’ll be eating them.

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Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree.

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Kerstkransjes (Dutch Christmas Cookies)
Kerstkransjes are traditional Dutch Christmas cookies. Kerstkransjes are easy to make. Traditionally these Christmas cookies are hung in the Christmas tree.
Kerstkransjes maken is super makkelijk. Je kan de kerstkransjes meteen op eten of als decoratie in de kerstboom hangen! Een makkelijk kerstkransjes recept.
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Type Cookies
Cuisine Dutch
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Topping
Type Cookies
Cuisine Dutch
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Topping
Kerstkransjes maken is super makkelijk. Je kan de kerstkransjes meteen op eten of als decoratie in de kerstboom hangen! Een makkelijk kerstkransjes recept.
Votes: 4
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Add all the ingredients for the cookie dough into a bowl (flour, castor sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon zest, almond essence, one egg, butter and a pinch of salt)
  2. Use two butter knives to cut the butter through all the ingredients until it resembles a crumbly texture.
  3. Once crumbly, use your hands to shape the cookie dough into a ball and wrap in clingfilm. Leave in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF / 175 ºC. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  5. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough, roughly 1.7 inch / 4mm thick. Using a round, preferably scalloped edged cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. Using a smaller, round cookie cutter, cut a hole in the middle of the cookie. Transfer the cut-out cookies onto the baking tray.
Topping
  1. Lightly beat an egg and brush the cookies with some of the egg. Sprinkle cane sugar and thinly sliced almonds on top of the cookies.
  2. Bake the cookies for approximately 15 minutes, until golden.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights measurements.

  • You can substitute the vanilla sugar in this recipe for 1 tsp vanilla extract. If you do that you might want to add an extra tablespoon of sugar to the recipe as well, depending on your personal preference.

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