Bohemian Christmas Cookies
As I work my way through all the holiday cookie recipes in Cookies by Bess I was intrigued by the Bohemian Christmas Cookies recipe. Cookies by Bess has so many interesting cookie recipes for all over the world and every walk of life! I love the “bohemian” style and love the idea of Bohemian Christmas Cookies!
Also, I love the idea of a chocolate Christmas cookies! The rich chocolate color with white powdered confectioner’s sugar used for these Bohemian Christmas Cookies are perfect for a warm winter holiday party! Throw some red and green colored sugar on top to add just the right holiday touch!
I’m rating Bohemian Christmas Cookies 2-stars for cookie baking difficulty. The recipe followed along nicely and the cookies are easy to make. Grating the chocolate bars and hand rolling the cookies just adds a bit more time for making and baking.
I do want to mention, I decided to get a little creative with the cookie decorating after the cookies came out of the oven. The instructions only call for sprinkling the baked cookies with confectioner’s sugar. I decided to spruce them up a bit by experimenting a bit when decorating the cookies. I ended up with what looks like a variety of cookies! Each looks great by itself and they look great together, almost like a variety pack!
Luckily, I had just the right amount of German chocolate in my baking pantry! I gathered all my ingredients together and got starting mixing.
I used my Kitchen Aid to blend all the ingredients together. The cookie dough was very dry once all mixed together. That makes sense since the only liquid in this recipe is 1 teaspoon of vanilla! The consistency of the dough once all blended seemed okay for rolling the small ball, but I wanted to follow the recipe as written so I put it into the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
When I took the dough out of the refrigerator, it was hard as a rock! It was also a bit crumbly as I tried to break it apart and roll the cookie dough balls. I had to press the dough between my palms for a bit to soften it up and then form the small cookie dough balls. The firm consistency of the dough did help with rolling and shaping the balls. It was a little tricky with some of the balls as the chopped nuts broke a part the dough, but it wasn’t a big deal and was easy to reshape and move on to the next.
The dough balls flattened out quite a bit while baking. I think that’s another reason the recipe calls for refrigerating the dough. If the dough was warm, or room temperature, the dough balls might have flattened too much in the oven. I baked the cookies for 14 – 15 minutes in my oven to ensure they were fully set and didn’t fall apart when I moved them to the cooling rack.
The recipe calls for dusting the cookies with powdered sugar when cooled. With the first batch, I didn’t let the cookies cool enough, so the sugar sprinkles just melted into the cookie. I let the next batch cool for about 15 minutes before I dusted them and that seemed to work perfectly.
The baked cookies are a beautiful chocolate color, and the dusting of powdered sugar adds a nice touch to their appearance, but they still seemed to be lacking some holiday cookie pizzazz…so I decided to add some holiday colored sugar sprinkles on top to help fancy them up!
As I was looking at the dusted cookies with red and green sprinkles, I had the idea to roll the warm cookie top in powdered sugar instead of just dusting them and then sprinkle the red and green sugar on top.
The colors showed up much better and the white and red/while and green gave the cookies a much more festive and holiday look. You still have to let the cookies cool for about 15 minutes or so before rolling them in the powdered sugar, so the sugar doesn’t just melt into the cookie, but don’t let them cool completely or the sugar won’t stick to the cookie top
Just look at these cookies! Such rich chocolate, wonderful sugar coating, and a touch of holiday color. A Bohemian Christmas Cookie to die for 🙂
As I mentioned above, I’m really happy with the two different versions of this cookie. It really makes for a festive cookie plate, and you get a “2 for 1 variety pack” to serve your guests!
If you are a chocolate lover, you will love Bohemian Christmas Cookies! The sweet German chocolate gives you wonderful chocolate flavor, the powdered sugar gives the perfect amount of additional sweetness. As usual, I made these cookies small, so you can just pop them in your mouth and savor the chocolate, nuts and sugar flavors!
This is a great recipe to try and I know you and your guests will love these Bohemian Christmas Cookies!
Happy Bohemian Cookie Holiday!
Bohemian Christmas Cookies
1 cup butter
1 ¼ cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 ½ bars or 6 ounces grated German sweet chocolate
2 ¼ cups sifted flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill for several hours. Shape into small balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar when cool.
Makes about 10 dozen cookies
Cookie Category: Holiday