RECIPE: Rum Stars (Weihnachts-Plaetzchen)

Weihnachts-Plaetzchen 12-14

Weihnachts-Plaetzchen – a German cutout Christmas cookie. These have sprinkles. Electronic image courtesy of Rezepte Wiki.

Submitted and prepared by Helga Wengler

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 cup walnuts (ground)

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

41/2 tablespoons rum or imitation rum extract

21/2 sticks butter or margarine (room temperature)

1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375. On a board or counter top, make a mound with the flour and sprinkle with baking powder, sugar, walnuts. Make a well and drop in the eggs, vanilla and 3 tablespoons rum.  Cut the butter (or margarine) into slices and lay over the top.  Knead ingredients into a smooth dough.  Put in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll out to approximately 1/8-inch thickness and cut dough with a star-shaped cookie cutter. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.  Cool. Mix powdered sugar with 11/2 tablespoons rum into a glaze. Spread over baked cookies.

Makes approximately 110 small star cookies May vary with the size of cookie cutter used. P.S.: You can cut the recipe in half. Have fun baking!  – Helga

ABOUT HELGA WENGLER – Homeplate Homestyle’s Helga Wenhelga circle hedder 2gler is a native of Frankfurt, Germany. She learned to cook from her mother and loves to share her knowledge and expertise. She and her husband, Wolfgang, are very active in the community and also enjoy spending time with their three daughters and six grandchildren. Visit metromonthly.net for this holiday recipe and more!

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