Bethmaennchen - German Christmas Cookies
40 mins (prep 25, cooking 15)
6 ingredients
40 servings
My family first had these yummy almond cookies (pronounced "BAIT-men-chen") when a German exchange student made them for us at Christmas time so she could have a taste of home. She blanched, skinned, and halved the almonds herself, which took most of the preparation time. When pressed for time I have substituted store-bought chopped almonds, but I'm told that that's anathema for anyone who wants the real thing. This prep time excludes preparing the almonds.

Categories:  <-60-mins , holiday , seasonal , winter , european , hand-formed-cookies , german , christmas , cookie-and-brownie , time-to-make , dessert ,
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  • 3/4 cup almond halve, plus
  • 2 tablespoons peeled almond halves
  • 120 almond halves, reserved for decoration
  • 3/4 cup prepared marzipan, plus
  • 2 tablespoons prepared marzipan (a prepared almond paste usually packaged in logs, available in specialty food stores)
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 7 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 small eggs
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons flour


Serving Size (16.74 g)
Servings 40
Amount per Serving
Calories 59.77 Calories from Fat 22.5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.5g 153.84%
Saturated Fat 0.21g 41.26%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 23.57mg 39.28%
Total Carbohydrate 8.47g 112.91%
Dietary Fiber 1.01 g 161.4%
Sugars 3.77 g %
Protein 1.51g 121.03%
Vitamin A 97.3IU% Vitamin C 1.53mg%
Calcium 14.11mg% Iron 2.35mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
almond halves, peeled, almond halves, prepared, prepared, rose water, small