Berliner Brot (German Christmas Cookie)

Berliner Brot (German Christmas Cookie)

3 generations of Omas have passed down this recipe to me. We make and look forward to it every Christmas. Hazelnut chocolate bars with a lemony icing. They never last long.
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  • Serves: 24 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 1/2 x 13-inch baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  2. Step 2

    Cream together sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and mix until just blended.
  3. Step 3

    Mix together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and cloves in a separate bowl.
  4. Step 4

    Add flour mixture to the wet mixture, and mix until just blended. Add hazelnuts and mix again until just blended. The mixture should have the consistency of a smooth dough.
  5. Step 5

    Transfer dough onto the prepared baking sheet and smooth with a rolling pin into all the corners.
  6. Step 6

    Bake in the preheated oven until cookie sheet has set, about 20 minutes. Cut into squares while still warm.
  7. Step 7

    Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and brush icing over the cooling bars.