6 Easy Rye Flour Christmas Cookie Recipes You Must Try!

Rye is a healthy cereal that has been consumed by mankind for several centuries.

In addition to bread and pastries, it can also be used to make very tasty cookies.

Get inspired by our recipes for Christmas cookies made from rye flour.

Linz, gingerbread and other types will definitely taste good to you.

Which variant will you try first?

Painted Christmas cookies from rye flour

This tasty cookie offers countless possibilities for how you can easily and originally decorate it. It only depends on your imagination.


  • 3 cups plain rye flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of cold water


  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer.
  2. Add granulated sugar, salt, cardamom and cinnamon and beat until combined.
  3. On low speed of the mixer, beat in the flour as well, until the mixture resembles a fine crumb.
  4. Add the water a spoonful at a time and mix the mixture with a fork until the dough is moist.
  5. Knead the dough gently with your hands to form a ball.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of half a centimeter.
  7. Cut out the desired shapes from the dough.
  8. Bake in an oven preheated to 170°C for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the cookies start to brown around the edges.
  9. Leave to cool and then decorate with various toppings or decorations.
painted Christmas pastries with rye flour
source: midwestliving.com

Simple rye candy

Quick, easy but very tasty Christmas pastries, which you can decorate on the surface with, for example, dried fruit, almonds or nuts.


  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  2. Beat the mascarpone in a mixer or by hand, add the butter and sugar and continue the same process until the two substances are well combined.
  3. Then add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix just long enough to combine the two mixtures.
  4. Tip the dough onto the work surface, knead and shape into a ball.
  5. Then wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  7. Roll out the dough to a thickness of approximately half a centimeter and cut out the shapes using a cookie cutter.
  8. Place the sweets on the prepared trays with baking paper.
  9. Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden.
  10. Leave to cool and sprinkle with a little icing sugar.
simple rye candy
source: 101cookbooks.com

Honey gingerbread with rye flour

If you want the gingerbread cookies to be more colorful, just add a few drops of food coloring to the frosting part.


  • 450 g of rye flour
  • 115 g of butter
  • 115 g of brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of gingerbread spice
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder


  • 150 g of powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp of water


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line the trays with baking paper.
  2. Put the butter, brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until the butter melts and then set aside.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, add the egg and mix.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until the dough starts to come together.
  5. Tip the mixture onto a rolling pin and knead to form a ball. If the mixture is too crumbly, add a little water and knead again until it comes together.
  6. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about five millimeters and use cutters to cut out the desired shapes.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 8 minutes until golden.
  8. In the meantime, make the frosting.
  9. Mix the powdered sugar, egg white and water. Mix everything really thoroughly until you get a thick mass.
  10. Fill a decorating bag fitted with a fine nozzle with the frosting and decorate the gingerbread cookies after they have cooled.
Honey gingerbread with rye flour
source: matchingfoodandwine.com

Gingerbread belongs not only to Christmas, but also to Easter. Get inspired by our best gingerbread recipes.

Chocolate Christmas cookies made from rye flour

Dark chocolate and rye flour make this candy a unique taste experience.


  • 200 g of 70-85% dark chocolate
  • 40 g of rye flour
  • 25 g of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda


  1. Melt the chocolate in a water bath and let it cool slightly.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Then stir in the melted chocolate mixture along with the vanilla.
  4. Carefully add the flour and baking soda as well.
  5. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line the trays with baking paper.
  7. Form balls from the dough with your hands, which you then place on a baking sheet and press slightly.
  8. Bake these rye flour Christmas cookies for approximately 12-15 minutes until the edges are slightly firm and the tops should crack a little.
Chocolate-rye Christmas cookies
source: goodhousekeeping.com

Do you have a weakness for chocolate candy? Try our variety of Christmas cookies with chocolate!

Rye wheels glued with vanilla cream

Delicious candy with a light vanilla cream that gives it an unforgettable taste and aroma.


  • 280 g plain rye flour
  • 80 g of softened butter
  • 160 g of brown sugar
  • 40 g of powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of brandy or cognac

Vanilla cream

  • 250 ml of milk
  • 200 g of sugar
  • 300 g of butter
  • 30 g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • fresh vanilla


  1. Place the butter and sugars in a mixer or use an electric mixer and beat.
  2. Beat the eggs into the mixture as well, then stir in the brandy or cognac.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and one teaspoon of sea salt.
  4. Then mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and work into a dough.
  5. Put the finished dough in the refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  7. Shape the dough into small balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  8. Then flatten the individual balls with a spoon.
  9. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes.
  10. Then let the rye flour Christmas cookies cool down.
  11. Cover the cookies with vanilla cream before serving.
  12. Mix eggs and sugar in a bowl.
  13. Beat them into a foam and add a little flour.
  14. Then add the milk a little at a time and mix with a mixer at high speed.
  15. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat over low heat until it thickens.
  16. Finally, mix room temperature butter and vanilla into the cream.
  17. Leave to cool and you can decorate.
rye wheels glued with vanilla cream
source: bbcgoodfood.com

Linnaeus candy made from rye flour

Linecké is one of the less popular types of Christmas pastries. Make sure that this also applies to its rye version!


  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • jam for sticking according to your own preferences
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling


  1. Beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest together.
  2. Add the egg yolk, vanilla and almond extract and beat until all the ingredients are combined.
  3. Mix rye flour, almond flour, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
  4. Then add this mixture to the egg mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. Work the mixture into a dough.
  6. Divide the dough in half and wrap each part in cling film and let it set in the fridge for about an hour.
  7. On the roll, roll out the first part of the dough into a pancake about half a centimeter thick.
  8. Using cookie cutters, cut out individual shapes from the dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  9. Repeat the same procedure with the second part of the dough.
  10. Once all the shapes are cut out, divide them into bottom and top sections. Using a smaller cookie cutter, cut holes in the centers of the tops of the cookies.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven at 170°C for approximately 10-12 minutes until the edges start to brown.

After the rye flour Christmas cookies have cooled, cover them with jam and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Linnaeus cookies with rye flour
source: withthegrains.com

Also try other typesof Linnaeus sweets . From spelled flour or with nuts!

Why bake Christmas cookies from rye flour?

One of the advantages of rye flour is that it is much more nutritious than classic white wheat flour. During the milling of rye, it is much more difficult to separate the sprouts and bran from the inner living tissue.

Thanks to this, this flour retains much more nutrients, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Although not gluten-free, it contains much less gluten than wheat and barley.

Rye flour is generally recommended as a prevention against a whole range of health problems, from high blood pressure and obesity to diabetes to cancer. Last but not least, it is also recommended for weight loss, so you don’t have to worry that you will significantly gain weight after eating rye candy.

In addition to recipes for cookies that are made only from rye flour, you can of course combine this flour with regular flour and add it to your favorite classic recipes.

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